Acting against irresponsible operators

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 31 January, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 31 January, 1998, 12:00am

I refer to your reader John Rutter's letter headlined, 'Citizens must not let eyesores go unreported', which appeared in the South China Morning Post, on January 1.

While both the Provisional Urban Council and the Urban Services Department (USD) are committed to keeping the SAR clean, we are not complacent at all with the environmental hygiene conditions in the urban areas we serve.

As a stepped-up effort to improve the cleanliness of our environment, the USD is mapping out strategies to give new impetus to the Keep Hong Kong Clean Campaign.

We shall be able to announce details when we take over from the Provisional Regional Council in April this year regarding our plans for the new round of the Keep Hong Kong Clean Campaign.

To give some background, Mr Rutter might wish to know that more than 4,300 staff are deployed to sweep the streets, collect waste and carry out other cleaning services on a daily basis. Last year, we took out 23,301 prosecutions against littering and the total amount of fines imposed by the courts stood at $9.62 million.

As Lam Fook Street and Wang Tai Road in Kowloon Bay, mentioned by Mr Rutter, are close to the Air Cargo Terminal, it is not uncommon for goods vehicles to park there for loading and unloading.

It is unfortunate that some irresponsible operators have caused an environmental nuisance through indiscriminate dumping, illegal parking and carrying out vehicle maintenance works there. On a regular basis, USD staff have been cleaning up the area as well as taking action against irresponsible operators.

In the last six months, we have taken out a total of 15 prosecutions against illegal dumping in the vicinity.

USD staff have been making regular inspections to the areas and have found that the situation has improved considerably in recent months.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and take action whenever necessary.

PETER K. P. TANG Staff Officer (Cleaning) Urban Services Department