Hong Kong Introduces Land Reclamation Plans (China)
Hong Kong has unveiled plan to extend its surface area by hundreds of hectares in a new round of land reclamation that would provide homes and land space for millions more people.
According to the Taipei Times, authorities in the former British colony have drawn up plans to create a series of islands and waterfront extensions by dumping concrete and other construction waste into the sea.
A total of 25 locations are shortlisted for land reclamation. Authorities say the project is necessary in one of the planet’s most densely populated places. They are also considering land for a third runway at the international airport.
Hong Kong has one of the lowest fertility rates in the world and a rapidly ageing population. The daily quota of 150 migrants from China is rarely filled. Without a massive immigration program it is hard to see how it could produce such significant population growth.
Dredging Today Staff, May 29, 2012;