$24m needed to knock down low-rises
Legislators are to be asked to approve $24.4 million to pay for the demolition of 139 blocks in six temporary housing areas.
In a Finance Committee paper, the Housing Bureau said that the clearance was aimed at improving living conditions and at demolishing vacant structures to release land for development.
'Since these temporary housing areas comprise old-type low-rise timber structures, the living environment is not satisfactory,' the bureau said.
Legislators were told that the six areas involved in the demolition plans were Tsing On, Kai Lok, Kai Wo, Kai Yiu, Sha Kok Mei and Long Bin. It is estimated that 6,378 residents from 2,563 households will be affected.
The Government pledged in 1997 to clear the remaining old-style temporary housing areas by 2000 by rehousing residents in public housing, including interim housing.