Hong Kong 2006
Chapter 12:
Land, Public Works and Utilities
Planning for Hong Kong
Land Supply
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Land Administration
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The Government's objective is to design and develop Hong Kong into an advanced international city and to foster and facilitate its continued development through effective land use planning, adequate land supply, quality building and maintenance standards, and timely urban renewal.
To sustain its economic growth, Hong Kong continues to invest in infrastructure and capital works projects and to ensure coordination in public and private sector development.

The Government remains committed to building new infrastructure and improving existing facilities to meet the needs of Hong Kong's economic development. It continues to invest heavily on infrastructure development.

Work on major infrastructure projects was on schedule in 2006. Construction of Route 8 and the third phase of Central Reclamation were in full swing. The Government is pressing ahead with other major capital works projects which include the Tamar development project, the replacement and rehabilitation of water mains stage 2, Prince of Wales Hospital's extension block, redevelopment of the Lo Wu Correctional Institution and Customs Headquarters Building in North Point.

It will cost $9 billion to build these projects. Work will start in 2007. The projects will provide a substantial number of jobs for people in the construction industry.

Work on improving the environment continued throughout the year. The Government pressed on with its territory-wide greening programme which included the planting of millions of plants in urban areas and countryside. About 10 million plants were planted in 2006. The Government organises a series of community activities to promote greening. Some 90 such activities were held this year alone.

In addition, the Government is actively pursuing the development and implementation of Greening Master Plans (GMPs) for the vast majority of urban areas. Works for Central and Tsim Sha Tsui are due for completion in early 2007. Funds were also approved in December 2006 for studies of GMPs for Sheung Wan/Wan Chai/Causeway Bay and Mong Kok/Yau Ma Tei to be carried out in 2007.

The Government is committed to the highest standards of slope safety. Starting in 2000, the Ten-Year Extended Landslip Preventive Measures Programme which involves spending of up to $9 billion by 2010 has progressed well. Some 1 500 substandard government slopes have been upgraded and landscaped and over 1 800 private slopes have been safety-screened since 2000.

Construction site safety has continued to improve. The accident rate of public works carried out under contracts in 2006 was 13 accidents per 1 000 workers, a decrease of 24 per cent over 2005. It was the seventh consecutive year of decrease. The construction design management system for strengthening safe practices at construction sites and during construction has been implemented in major public works projects.

In addition, a package of measures for controlling nuisances such as air, noise and waste-water pollution created during construction has been implemented together with an incentive scheme called 'Pay for Environment'. A series of training courses has been developed in collaboration with a local training institute to help site supervisory staff better understand the need for environmental protection. As a general policy, all new government building projects and major installations are to adopt energy efficient features and, where applicable, renewable energy technologies in their designs to save energy.

The Government, working in close partnership with the Provisional Construction Industry Coordination Board (PCICB), has made notable progress in carrying out most of the recommendations made by the Construction Industry Review Committee. The board continues to use its website, www.pcicb.gov.hk to communicate with the industry's stakeholders and to keep them informed of the latest developments and achievements

Following the passage of the Construction Industry Council Ordinance in May 2006, the Construction Industry Council will be set up in February 2007 to exercise self-regulation and take charge of the industry's reforms.

Response to the first phase of the Voluntary Subcontractor Registration Scheme (VSRS), launched in November 2003, has been encouraging. By the end of 2006, some 3 450 applications for registration were received and 2 931 were approved. The PCICB is examining plans for the next phase of the VSRS which may include the setting up of a Premier Register with stricter entry rules and grading based on the capability of individual subcontractors.

Since the Construction Workers Registration Authority (CWRA) started to register construction workers in December 2005, more than 125 000 workers have been registered. The CWRA is planning to implement the prohibition provisions under the Construction Workers Registration Ordinance in two phases. Under the first phase, unregistered workers will be prohibited from working at construction sites. Under the second Phase, those not registered as skilled or semi-skilled workers of a designated trade will not be allowed to work in that trade.

The Environment, Transport and Works Bureau (ETWB) continued discussions with stakeholders of the Hong Kong construction industry and the Ministry of Construction (MoC) on the fourth phase of the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA). Further market liberalisation measures were secured under Supplement III to CEPA signed on June 27. With the new agreement, Hong Kong service suppliers are allowed to set up wholly-owned construction engineering cost consulting enterprises on the Mainland and their project performance in both places will be recognised for business establishment purposes. In June, ETWB jointly organised with the MoC and the Ministry of Commerce a CEPA Forum in Hong Kong to publicise the CEPA policy, implementation arrangements and issues related to professional qualifications.

During the year, as part of its ongoing promotion of Hong Kong's construction industry and related services, ETWB organised a large-scale conference on construction in Urumqi with the MoC. In April, the bureau supported the Hong Kong Construction Association and the China International Contractors Association to organise a seminar in Hong Kong for the contractors of the two places to enhance mutual understanding in preparation for further business collaboration. In June, the bureau and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Singapore organised a study mission for the construction industry of Hong Kong and the Mainland to visit the Philippines and Cambodia to explore together business opportunities there.

ETWB continued to maintain close contact with the MoC and relevant local and Mainland professional bodies to facilitate mutual recognition of professional qualifications. Subsequent to the signing of mutual recognition agreements for estate surveyors, architects, structural engineers, planners and quantity surveyors, building surveyors also signed similar agreements in June.

The bureau continued to organise with the Shenzhen Construction Bureau and the Shenzhen Works Bureau the Mainland secondment training programme for its graduates. The second batch of its architectural and civil engineering graduates completed successfully a three-month training course in Shenzhen in August. Both sides agreed to extend the programme gradually to other construction related disciplines. The first batch of quantity surveying and structural engineering graduates commenced training in Shenzhen in November. To further promote exchange and cooperation in the training of professionals, the bureau is planning to extend the programme to other Mainland cities.

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