Published: Thursday 31 August 1995

Hong Kong highrise: back to th To beat the spiralling land prices and reduce the existing pressure on land in the country, the government of Hong Kong is looking towards various alternatives, and caves happen to be one of them. Only these would be caves with a difference. The government is planning to use a new technology to build a massive subterranean cavern including a waste transfer plant in the side of Mount Davis. This area has a granite bedrock, which makes it a suitable site for the project.

The project, which is going to cost us $640 million to build and us $56 million a year to maintain, will be the size of 10 Olympic swimming pools. Special odour removal equipment will also be installed in the cavern. "The arrangement will result in environmental benefits as well as economic advantage through releasing other pieces of valuable land in the urban area for alternative development," enthuses Mike Stokoe, deputy director of the environmental protection department in Hong Kong.

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