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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 17 June, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 17 June, 2001, 12:00am

Survey finds squat cheats

Hongkong (June 19): Racketeers are putting up makeshift huts in squatter areas in an effort to have them included surreptitiously in the survey now being made by the Housing Department of all squatter structures. They were scattered all over the survey areas - 64 in Kun Tong, 10 in other parts of Kowloon, 18 in Tsun Wan and 24 on Hongkong Island.

The Assistant Director for Squatter Control, Mr A.N. Savage, said yesterday some of these structures were hastily put up by racketeers while others might have been built by people wanting a roof over their heads.

Mr Savage said unnumbered huts being built are subject to demolition. But he pointed out that the department's policy is never to make people homeless.

A total of about 98,000 structures, including those covered in a previous 1964 survey, fall in the current survey which is being carried out by more than 1,000 staff members from the Housing Department.

Mr Savage said in the 1964 survey, the squatter population was estimated at 600,000.

Early this year the figure had dropped to about 360,000.

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