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Artificial island study set

The Government today awarded a consultancy agreement for the study on the artificial islands in the Central Waters to Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong with a contract value of about $220 million.   The Civil Engineering & Development Department said the agreement mainly comprises a detailed planning and engineering study for the 1,000-hectare artificial islands around Kau Yi Chau.   There will also be a feasibility study on the priority road link and the priority rail link connecting the artificial islands.   The study is scheduled to start tomorrow for completion within 42 months.   The artificial islands in the Central Waters is one of the initiatives to increase land supply under the Lantau Tomorrow Vision announced by the Chief Executive in her 2018 Policy Address.   The drive aims to alleviate the acute shortage of land in the medium-to-long run, and to meet Hong Kong’s long-term housing, social and economic development needs. http://dlvr.it/S1lyqs

CE launches HK's first smart prison

Chief Executive Carrie Lam, accompanied by Correctional Services Commissioner Woo Ying-ming, today officiated at the smart prison launching ceremony at Tai Tam Gap Correctional Institution.   It was a minimum security institution before renovation. The Correctional Services Department started renovation works in 2019 to convert it into the first smart prison in Hong Kong.   The institution will be used for the detention of non-refoulement claimants when it resumes operation.   The smart prison comprises four major systems: the Security & Monitoring System, the Operation & Management System, the Persons in Custody Self-management System and the Staff Capacity Enhancement System.     Speaking at the ceremony, Mrs Lam said the department has kept abreast of the times. The conversion project at the institution has provided valuable experience and laid a good foundation for the long-term development of smart prison projects in future.   The department said it will continue to actively explore and develop different technology projects, continuously adding smart elements to modernise facilities and adopting humanised management.
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