Housing Authority says it would cost too much and it would be better if the tenants moved out Going home is a daily ordeal for Wong Chan Yee-nui, 71. She struggles up 10 flights of stairs after visits to the doctor or market - a strain made even harder by the hot weather that has baked Hong Kong this week. She rests on the fourth and seventh floors on the way to the 10th-floor flat in Block 1 of Lei Muk Shue Estate in Tsuen Wan, that she shares with her husband and son. 'It is very tiring. It takes at least seven minutes to climb the stairs,' said Mrs Wong, who has lived in the estate for about five years and must regularly visit Yan Chai Hospital after a stroke a few years ago. But calls by her and about 30 other residents of Blocks 1 and 4 for the installation of elevators drew a cool response from the Housing Authority yesterday. Spending millions of dollars on lifts for a few hundred people was not money well spent, a spokeswoman said. It would be better if they moved out. The 30 residents waved banners and shouted slogans before a visit by legislators Leung Yiu-chung, Wong Kwok-hing and Frederick Fung Kin-kee and authority representatives yesterday morning. The visitors looked at the two blocks to identify locations for lifts. Another resident of Block 1, a 62-year-old woman, said she trudged up the stairs at least four times a day. 'I need to pay extra delivery charges when buying heavy stuff like rice. We have been asking the Housing Authority to install lifts for us for a long time,' she said. But the authority spokeswoman said that arranging for the residents to move to other accommodation was 'a more effective, applicable way and better allocation of resources'. 'We need to spend a few million dollars to build a lift but that would serve about 260 people in Block 4 - we would like to have better resources allocation.' Legislator Mr Leung said moving would be difficult for the elderly people as many had got used to living in the district or could not afford rents in newer estates. The three legislators, representatives of the Housing Authority and the residents held a meeting after the site visit, and the Housing Authority promised to investigate the different proposals on installation of lifts. Block 1 is a 10-storey building with 104 families and Block 4 is a seven-storey building with 73 families. About 20 per cent of the residents are elderly.