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  1. Quiet start to building crackdown

    Posted Apr 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Amy Nip amy.nip@scmp.com The government started its crackdown against illegal building work in the New Territories yesterday, but there were no officials to be seen in villages rumoured to be on the list. The Buildings Department is to send removal orders to owners of village houses that seriously breach the standard three-storey format. However, under a new system, villagers who own homes ...

  2. Lawmakers welcome checks on old buildings

    Posted May 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong Lawmakers have hailed the government's mandatory inspections for private buildings over 30 years old but have demanded the government provide more details. Speaking during ... the old buildings are safe. While the owners of about 80 per cent of these building would not have to pay the first inspection fee, they would have to pay for repairs if maintenance was necessary. ...

  3. Civilian roads, buildings infringe on P.L.A.

    Posted Jul 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... not only making the places harder to defend but also threatening the safety of residents, according to an inspection across the mainland that ended on Sunday. Major General Meng Guoping, deputy ... across permanent camps and civilian buildings blocked military roads. In such circumstances, the military could no longer guarantee the safety of civilians, he said. In Beijing, a residential ...

  4. Building 'experts' crawl out of the woodwork

    Posted Feb 03rd 2010, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... order last month. In fact, the administration had earlier submitted the Buildings (Amendment) Bill 2010 to implement a mandatory building and window inspection scheme. The tragedy will no doubt ... scheme in each district to help owners manage building safety by appointing professionals to carry out inspection and maintenance work. A senior representative of the Hong Kong Institution ...

  5. Plea for swift action to clear buildings mess

    Posted Jun 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... is that adding glass windows on a balcony is not necessarily an offence... I was not informed by the Buildings Department that I have an illegal structure other than two which were removed within 20 days.' He said he was not above the law and would make any changes demanded by the Buildings Department. Last night a spokesman for the department said staff had inspected the flat and would ...

  6. Delay on NT crackdown 'ridiculous'

    Posted Dec 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... areas has made it an object of ridicule and raised doubts about its determination to fight unlawful building. One reason given for the long delay is that the Buildings Department must first ... available.' The government could save a lot of time and money if the Buildings Department tapped into the Ratings and Valuation Department's data bank, the source said. Instead, the Development ...

  7. HK planning to build desalination facilities

    Posted Feb 24th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... LAI YING-KIT Updated at 6.46pm: The government said on Friday it planned to build desalination facilities on the island of Kau Sai Chau, Sai Kung to provide fresh water to help irrigate ... the third quarter of 2007. An estimated 14,700 square metres of foreshore and sea-bed around the area would be affected, he added. The spokesman said the public could now inspect a related plan ...

  8. Extravagant offices may be sold off

    Posted Mar 07th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Extravagant office buildings and meeting centres may be auctioned soon, as the disciplinary watchdog pledges to crack down on vanity projects this year. Vice-Supervision Minister Chen Changzhi said the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the Communist Party's anti-corruption watchdog, would inspect newly built government offices and buildings nationwide this year. ...

  9. Minister vows tighter checks on subdivided flats

    Posted Jun 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... The government has admitted doing an inadequate job of inspecting subdivided flats across the city, but vowed to improve building safety following last week's fire in Ma Tau Wai, ... the situation. Regarding 'coffin-sized' units, Tsang said investigators had been sent to inspect flats in Fuk Wa Street three times over the past three weeks. But they were unable to gather ...

  10. Building a clean government will be 'arduous'

    Posted Dec 30th 2010, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing In its first white paper documenting its fight against official corruption, Beijing vowed to strengthen efforts but acknowledged that the task of building a clean ... investigated 119,000 graft cases, resulting in 113,000 people being punished, of whom 4,332 were prosecuted, Wu Yuliang, secretary general of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, told ...




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