Tai Po Sai Wan Plover Lake
Filling out part of the Tai Po Plover Cove as a new town has been listed as one of the conceptual options. However, district board members and residents believe that the reservoir is currently functional and that filling the flat will create problems for the supply of water to Hong Kong. It is controversial. It is believed that brownfields and idle rural land should be used.
District Council Members Worry Water Supply Problem Has Far-reaching Impact
The Tai Po Plover Cove Reservoir is the world’s first reservoir built in the sea. The lake covers an area of about 1,200 hectares. It is the largest and most abundant reservoir in Hong Kong and accounts for about 40% of the total reservoir in Hong Kong. Some scholars have suggested that About 600 hectares are filled in. It is estimated that 300,000 people can be built to accommodate about 800,000 to 1.2 million people.
The District Council District town of Huaihua said that in the early years, the construction of reservoirs forced the relocation of several villages. If it is necessary to build a house and destroy the reservoir, it is not necessary. The overwhelming majority of residents also object to the filling of pond land. The main concern is water supply. The problem has a long-term impact.
Advocate the use of unused rural areas to develop brownfields
Although filling land for some reservoirs can provide large-scale land, Hong Kong currently relies mainly on the purchase of Dongjiang water. However, in fact, part of Dongjiang water also needs to be stored in reservoirs, which has the public’s actual functions and will be used to reduce the purchase of Dongjiang water in the future. During hot and dry periods, reducing the number of reservoirs will have a profound impact on the water supply in Hong Kong. It is recommended that the use of idle land and brownfield development in other areas of the region should be utilized.
In addition, there are many agricultural land in the Taikengkeng and Dongchao areas that are owned by developers. In recent years, olive branches have been thrown out to develop houses. Many residents have reservations about the development of agricultural land by public and private cooperation.
There are more than 100 villages in Tai Po. Some residents say that there are many large-scale remote rural areas in the district which are not being developed for emptying, or for the use of dumped brown storage. They use large areas of land compared to the construction of needles in the city centre. It is more ideal to develop new towns and provide transportation and community support in conjunction with planning.