HKSAR LegCo approves funds for studies on massive reclamation project

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HONG KONG, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR)'s Legislative Council (LegCo) on Friday approved a funding request of 550 million Hong Kong dollars (about 70.9 million U.S. dollars) for feasibility studies on a massive reclamation project off Lantau.

Secretary for Development of the HKSAR government Michael Wong said he was confident that the whole project can move forward, stressing that the administration has been engaged in dialogue with the society on different possibilities.

He also promised that the HKSAR government will report to the LegCo every year on the progress of the studies.

The HKSAR government introduced the "Lantau Tomorrow Vision" in 2018 in a bid to increase land supply, improve people's livelihood and promote economic development. The plan is to build 1,700 hectares of artificial islands, offering housing to 700,000 to 1.1 million people starting 2032 at the earliest.

HKSAR Chief Executive Carrie Lam earlier stressed in her 2020 policy address that the administration would not give up the "Lantau Tomorrow Vision" and carry out the relevant studies as soon as possible. She promised to listen to the opinions of all parties and actively explore innovative financing schemes on the project. Enditem

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