Rooftop squatters face eviction in three years under an ambitious plan to eradicate illegal structures. The work was originally estimated to take 10 years. An extra $90 million was promised by the Financial Secretary, Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, to speed up clearance of illegal rooftop huts, the Legislative Council special Finance Committee meeting heard yesterday. Rooftop huts posing an immediate fire danger to 1,200 blocks will be the prime target, Director of Buildings Leung Chin-man said. Two teams will be created under the Buildings Department to step up demolition and prosecution, he said. Democrat Lee Wing-tat called on Mr Leung to co-ordinate with the Housing Department to resettle residents before evicting them. Fears over the problem increased after a sister and her brother were killed when fire swept through rooftop huts in Tsuen Wan early this month. Mr Tsang announced in the Budget $90 million over the next three years for the Buildings Department to clear rooftop huts. Mr Leung said: 'With the extra resources, we can finish in three years what would take up to 10 years otherwise. We also have plans to step up prosecutions tenfold.' He said details of a mandatory maintenance scheme would be worked out later this year. Owners are required to repair their premises if government inspectors find the conditions unsatisfactory. Part of the scheme will be run by the Urban Renewal Authority, due to be set up at the end of the year. A registration system to control 220,000 signboards hanging over pavements and streets would be released for consultation in two or three months, Mr Leung said. At yesterday's meeting, Emily Lau Wai-hing, of The Frontier, questioned why the Territory Development Department had to contract out up to75 per cent of its jobs. It costs taxpayers $205 million a year. Director of Territory Development Wong Hung-kin said it would cost much more if the Government did the work. Secretary for Planning and Lands Gordon Siu Kwing-chue said yesterday: 'Many of our existing buildings face the problem of shortfalls in management and maintenance and proliferation of unauthorised buildings works. 'There is a pressing need for owners' participation, timely maintenance, and proper management.'