'Green towns' protest

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 07 June, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 07 June, 2000, 12:00am

Villagers protested against a government plan to turn their homes into 'green towns' during an awards ceremony with Chief Secretary for Administration Anson Chan Fang On-sang at the Tuen Mun dragon boat races yesterday.

Thirty protesters from five villages in the north and northwest New Territories chanted slogans so loudly they could be heard during the ceremony.

The villagers accused the Government of a lack of consultation and are seeking adequate compensation. A representative said: 'We have been living there for many decades. Now they suddenly come up with a 'green town' idea and want to rob us of our land.' Mrs Chan received a petition from the villagers but did not respond to their accusations.

The Government last year announced plans to develop Hung Shui Kiu, Fanling North and Kwu Tung North into Hong Kong's first 'green towns'. The three areas are expected to house 400,000 people by 2016.