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Government reclamation proposal prompts concerns

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Executive councillor Ronny Tong has this week suggested Hong Kong needs to reclaim a larger piece of land for the East Lantau Metropolis (ELM) than the government’s initial proposal of 1,000 hectares. Tong argued that Hong Kong’s per capita living space needs to be improved and said that this can be resolved by reclaiming sizeable land off Lantau.

Adding to Tong’s comments, Hong Kong University economics professor Richard Wong told RTHK there is no exact figure as to how big the East Lantau reclamation should be, but said that even 1,500 hectares would not be big enough.

Critics of the proposal say that the ELM would be too costly, environmentally harmful and that a larger area would be needed in the future.

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