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EPD takes action on concrete plants

The Environmental Protection Department said it does not tolerate concrete batching plants operating without a licence and will make every effort to stop any illegal operations.   The department made the statement in response to media reports yesterday of a concrete batching plant at 20 Tung Yuen Street in Yau Tong continuing to operate without holding a valid Specified Process Licence (SPL).   The department has been closely monitoring the operation of two plants, both owned by China Concrete. The other plant is at 22 Tung Yuen Street in Yau Tong.   Regarding the plant at 20 Tung Yuen Street, the Air Pollution Control Appeal Board dismissed an appeal lodged by China Concrete against the department’s refusal of its application for renewal of an SPL for the plant on November 22.   Under the Air Pollution Control (Specified Processes) Regulations, the plant’s SPL ceased to be valid with immediate effect and the department issued a letter requesting that all works be halte

Rail links to boost GBA connectivity

The second stage study of the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Western Rail Link project covering the Hung Shui Kiu to Qianhai section is expected to be completed in mid-2024.


Secretary for Transport & Logistics Lam Sai-hung made the remarks in response to questions from lawmaker Chan Yuet-ming at the Legislative Council today.


Mr Lam said the project will connect the Hong Kong Hung Shui Kiu/Ha Tsuen New Development Area with Qianhai, thereby strengthening the connection between the Northern Metropolis and the Guangzhou-Shenzhen innovation and technology corridor.


Meanwhile, the proposed Northern Link Spur Line will also provide a direct railway connection between the Northern Metropolis and the new Huanggang Port in Shenzhen.


Hong Kong and Shenzhen are now proactively taking forward the planning work of the spur line, aiming to embark on detailed planning and design within next year.


Both rail projects are being taken forward by the Task Force for Hong Kong-Shenzhen Co-operation on Cross-Boundary Railway Infrastructure established in 2021 by the governments of Hong Kong and Shenzhen.


The task force is set to further promote connectivity in the Greater Bay Area (GBA) by jointly developing the “GBA on the Rail”.


Mr Lam added that the Government will explore the possibility of connecting more land boundary control points to the local railway network, having regard to the planning and engineering study for New Territories North New Town and Man Kam To.

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