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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

Tai Kok Tsui operation ends

The Government completed the compulsory testing and enforcement operation in the Tai Kok Tsui restricted area with no confirmed COVID-19 cases found.   It made a restriction-testing declaration 8pm yesterday, requiring people in Tower 6, Island Harbourview to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing. About 760 residents were tested.   In the subsequent enforcement operation which ended this morning, around 380 people were checked and no one was found breaching the compulsory testing requirement.   Government staff also visited about 280 households, with around 40 did not answer the door. They should contact the Government as soon as possible to arrange testing.   The Government reminded that people who stayed in the building for more than two hours from May 3 to 23 should get tested by May 25 even if they were not in the restricted area when the declaration took effect.  
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