TAI LAM Country Park has been extended by 40 hectares to compensate for land lost to the construction of Route 3, the Government announced yesterday. But environmentalists still believe the Government is playing fast and loose with public land. 'The country parks are being used as cheap options for developers and utility companies for pipelines, highways and power lines,' Friends of the Earth director, Mei Ng Fong Siu-Mei said. 'The Government is yielding to development measures in such a way that it is stepping over the balance of public interest. 'Using the name of 'the public good', the Government is carrying out dangerous games.' Three major developments - a high voltage power line, a high-pressure gas pipeline and Route 3 - are planned for Tai Lam Country Park. The green lobby is concerned the extension may not be enough to compensate for potential environmental damage. It cites the Government's slow response to extending the country park on Lantau in compensation for the North Lantau Expressway. 'We always welcome effective and considered measures to extend the country parks, but what is worrying is that this has come so late,' Ms Ng said. Route 3 will extend from Hong Kong Island to the border, offering heavy-duty vehicles a direct approach from the container terminal in Kwai Chung and Chek Lap Kok airport. A spokesman for the Agriculture and Fisheries Department said the Tai Lam extension included four hectares of woodland at Ma On Kong and another 38 hectares of a rehabilitated sand excavation site at Tai Tong.