HONG KONG

HONG KONG

To beat the spiralling land prices andreduce the existing pressureon land in the country, thegovernment of Hong Kong islooking towards variousalternatives, and caves happen to be one of them. Onlythese would be caves with adifference. The governmentis planning to use a new technology to build a massivesubterranean cavern including a waste transfer plant inthe side of Mount Davis.This area has a granitebedrock, which makes it asuitable site for the project.

The project, which isgoing to cost us $640 millionto build and us $56 million ayear to maintain, will be thesize of 10 Olympic swimming pools. Special odourremoval equipment will alsobe installed in the cavern."The arrangement will resultin environmental benefits aswell as economic advantagethrough releasing otherpieces of valuable land in theurban area for alternative development," enthusesMike Stokoe, deputy directorof the environmental protection department in Hong Kong.

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