THE Secretary for Planning, Environment and Lands Bowen Leung Po-wing has admitted the proposed dumping site project between the Green Island and Kennedy Town is a form of reclamation. In a press briefing to explain his branch's commitments in the latest policy speech, Mr Leung said although the proposed dumping site was 'legally' a reclamation work, it served a different purpose from the large-scale Green Island reclamation project. He reiterated that the proposed 37-hectare dumping site would be for disposal of construction waste while the large-scale Green Island reclamation was a separate proposal. The large-scale Green Island reclamation proposed recovering 190 hectares of land for housing, transport and other infrastructure. Mr Leung also stressed that if the Government decided to have the dumping site after two months of public consultation, it would not mean the large-scale Green Island reclamation project would also be carried out. 'They are separate projects,' he said. 'And the dumping site project is proposed to start around June next year, if we decide to do it, while the [large-scale] reclamation project is proposed to start after 1997.' Meanwhile, Mr Leung said it was not necessary for legislators to introduce a private member's bill to make sure the Government will seek Legco's approval before it will start any new reclamation project. Mr Leung pointed out the Government had to seek approval from the Legco Public Works Subcommittee and funding from the Legco Finance Committee before it could start any public works projects including reclamation. 'The power is already with the Legislative Council,' he said.