For Hong Kong’s land shortage, reclamation is clearly the solution of choice: but what about rising seas?
So the public may ask: “ What is the use of the consultation exercise?”
Land supply is a complex issue complicated by the daily quota of 150 mainland immigrants, the small-house policy and the problem of providing adequate and decent homes to the “propertyless class”.
Certainly, no single option of the 18 listed by Mr Wong’s task force can solve our housing needs.
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But reclamation is a long-term strategy to supply adequate land for future use. It may be at least 10 years before the required land is reclaimed and ready for use. Do we have the luxury to wait another decade to address the housing problem? By then the problem may have been exacerbated beyond control.
Also, have members of the task force and the think tank thought about having to forfeit reclaimed land worth billions of dollars as a result of the rising sea levels 20 or 30 years down the line? It would be ironic if we were solving a problem now only to create another two decades later. Eventually, we would have another white elephant. We might have to pour in more billions for remedial works.
Lo Wai Kong, Yau Ma Tei