Could not avoid disruption

PUBLISHED : Monday, 27 October, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 27 October, 1997, 12:00am

I refer to the letter from your reader headlined, 'Estate delays are unacceptable' (South Morning Post, October 6).

The development of Phase One Tung Chung New Town comprises three public rental housing blocks, five home ownership blocks, and other community and school facilities. The project was planned for completion in phases between May and June of this year. Nevertheless, the contractors have experienced disruption in construction works due to the physical constraints of Tung Chung namely, deliverers of construction materials and even construction workers, had to rely on marine transport at the construction stage. With the aggravated impact of inclement weather in summer, construction work was delayed for one to two months.

To make up for the loss of time, we arranged for intake as soon as the housing blocks of Yu Tung Court and Fu Tung Estate had been substantially completed, in mid-July and mid-August respectively. By mid-October, 2,621 households of Yu Tung Court and 918 households of Fu Tung Estate had completed the intake procedure. Nine market stalls are in operation in the temporary market providing food and other basic necessities. A convenience store is now in business, while a supermarket is expected to open very soon.

Meanwhile, major external works around the housing blocks and the school premises have been completed, but some planting works will go on until next month. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, but please be assured that the Housing Department will work closely with other departments to provide a favourable living environment for the local community.

LAI WING-CHUNG Housing Manager/Fu Tung Estate for Director of Housing