The government's contradictory attitude on reclamation projects may hurt the bid to turn land in Central into the 'waterfront of a world-class city', it was claimed yesterday. Pong Yuen-yee, vice-president of the Hong Kong Institute of Planners, said the government decided to reclaim land for a bypass to resolve Central's traffic congestion, but at the same time it allocated part of the reclaimed land for commercial use that would only further worsen the congestion. She was speaking at the City Forum. According to the plan approved by the Executive Council and the Town Planning Board, 190,000 sq ft of gross floor area will be reserved for commercial use. Earlier this year the government said its rationale of reclaiming land for a Central-Wan Chai bypass was to resolve worsening congestion. Legislator Kwok Ka-ki, also the spokesman of the Action Group on Protection of the Harbour, said it would be like 'slapping one's own mouth', implying the government would be ridiculing itself in the reclamation plans. Allocating the land for commercial use would create more than 7,600 car movements per hour to the area, he said. Director of Planning Bosco Fung Chee-keung said the government had given sufficient consideration on both land use and traffic conditions before drawing out the plan. He said there would not be any more reclamation of Victoria Harbour and that any further reclamation would have to satisfy the Harbour Protection Ordinance. Dr Kwok said he was worried that the allocation of reclaimed land for commercial use would worsen the air pollution and that would only drive foreign investors away, despite the fact that the government would like to turn the waterfront into a world-class one. Mr Fung rebutted the claim, saying pollution was a regional problem and the public should look at the matter fairly.