Lands Tribunal may rule on West Rail row

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 27 June, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 27 June, 2000, 12:00am

A Lands Tribunal ruling may be sought by the Government to settle disputes over compensation with owners of an industrial building in Tsuen Wan affected by a West Rail plan.

A working group has been set up to look into individual cases in a land resumption row concerning the Wah Kai Industrial Centre.

Secretary for Planning and Lands Gordon Siu Kwing-chue said: 'We're reviewing the compensation level . . . and we want to help these owners get reasonable compensation.

'The director of the Lands Department may take the initiative to put this case to the Lands Tribunal and ask for a fair compensation level for the factory owners after the department has gathered more information from owners.' The Tsuen Wan factory site is about to be cleared to make way for the West Rail project. Some owners have refused to move out as they are not satisfied with the level of compensation.

The working group is studying about 115 cases of owners who are not happy with the compensation.

Mr Siu urged the owners to accept the compensation on offer and move out before further discussions on a settlement.

The rail link is scheduled to be completed by 2004, but could face delays due to the deferral of clearance of the factory site.

Mr Siu said there was a policy to give more compensation to flat owners affected by urban renewal projects as these were aimed at improving the environment.