Unusual signs of subsidence at estates in Tseung Kwan O have been taken into account in the final reclamation of the town centre extension, officials say. Assistant Director of Territory Development Ko Chan-gock said they had conducted adequate research and studied the problem for the final reclamation stage. Reclamation will be contracted out in February and is expected to be completed by early 2003. At a Legco panel meeting yesterday, Ho Sai-chu of the Liberal Party asked if officials had assessed the impact of reclamation work subsidence. Mr Ko said the reclamation method had taken into account settlement of different soil. The box culverts and the pumphouse to be constructed under the contract would all be on piles and had been designed to cope with soil settlement. Residents in Beverly Garden, Tseung Kwan O, said they might seek compensation from the Government over sinkage. Meanwhile, officials said they were studying ways to acquire land for the building of three green towns. Most of the land at the three sites - Hung Shui Kiu, Fanling North and Kwu Tung North - in northern New Territories is privately owned. The projects are scheduled for completion by 2010. Deputy director (territorial) of the Planning Department Ava Ng Tse Suk-ying said the new towns would be less congested than Tseung Kwan O. Consultation on the development of the towns would end on January 15. The proposed towns are expected to house 340,000 people and create 47,800 jobs. The Government is seeking Legco's approval for $8.7 billion for the existing and proposed new block allocations under capital reserve funds next year.