Hong Kong air pollution

Homes above pollution-hit Hong Kong container terminals? Build truck parks there instead

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 May, 2018, 10:47am
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 May, 2018, 10:47am

Not so many years ago, the South China Morning Post reported on a survey that found that the Kwai Chung container terminals and their immediate vicinity were among the most seriously polluted areas of Hong Kong, due to the ships’ use of bunker fuel and the idling of container trucks.

We are supposed to overlook that fact now that some bright sparks in the government (and now Victor Li Tzar-kuoi) propose to permit the construction of housing above the ports.

Perhaps the erection of a few more ugly sound barriers would contain some of the noise but what about the poisonous fumes and other pollutants?

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If the building of housing above the terminals is physically possible, a better solution might be to construct multi-storey truck parks and container storage facilities instead and, by so doing, free up some of the abused agricultural land and brownfield sites for housing, in more pleasant surroundings.

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No doubt, the vested interests will scream over their lost fortunes, but the Hong Kong government could always grant them shares in the new truck parking facilities above the terminals.

D.L. Reader, Tsing Lung Tau