Written by: Chen Shuxia
Last update date: 2021-03-11 00:14
The problem of resettlement of farmers affected by the development of Northeast New Territories remains unresolved. The affected farmers in the Fanling North Development Area were arranged by the Development Bureau on Wednesday (10th) to inspect the allocated reclaimed land of Ma Tso Lung Village in Kwu Tung, where they are engaged in farming Dissatisfied with not being consulted beforehand, the farmers of the country raised banners to petition and questioned the authorities’ misallocation of land.
The farmers who were invited to inspect the farmland felt that it would be inconvenient to cross-regions to return to farmland. They were also worried about opposition from the villagers and the imminent land resumption. They urged the bureau to straighten out the policy.
▼The farmland of Ma Tso Lung Village in Kwu Tung was selected as reclaimed land ▼
The farmland designated as re-cultivated land is located on Ma Tso Lung Road in Kwu Tung. It covers an area of about 3,000 square meters. Mr. Zhang, an engineer representative of the Civil Engineering and Development Department, said that it will be allocated to 5 farmers according to the instructions of the authorities, and the allocation policy will be determined by the Development Bureau. Be responsible for.
Mr. Zhao, who has lived in Ma Tso Lung Village, Kwu Tung for more than half a century, originally owned nearly 60,000 square feet of agricultural land. However, due to the impact of the preliminary works, most of the land was recovered by the government in the middle of last year. The remaining 20,000 square feet of agricultural land will also be two years later. Was retracted.
He had expressed his intention to re-cultivation with the Development Bureau, but this time the allocation of agricultural land was excluded.
The re-arranged land allocated this time is only 5 to 10 minutes away from Mr. Zhao’s farmland. He is dissatisfied that the authorities have not taken care of the needs of farmers and questioned the mismatch of land: "Should Simi prioritize re-cultivation in the original area? "
Mr. Zhao pointed out that he had met with representatives of the Development Bureau many times, but the other party pushed back on the grounds of the epidemic, and the re-cultivation arrangements have not been seen below. "But the project, etc., we will also stop talking." He joined Volunteers from the Kwu Tung North Villagers Alliance took advantage of the government to arrange farmer inspections to make a surprise petition. However, the Development Bureau did not send personnel to the scene and could not express their appeals. The civil engineering and development department worker representatives pointed out that the meeting would convey their opinions on their behalf.
The Ma Shi Po Village in Fanling was also affected by the development of the northeastern New Territories. Mr. Xie, a farmer who was invited to inspect, said that farmers are traditionally used to "combination of farming and living", but the transportation from Fanling to Kwu Tung is very inconvenient. Very "separately", "For me, it's a good time." He also said that two years ago, he had been arranged to inspect other rural reclaimed land, but when the villagers strongly opposed it, "The Development Bureau should How about straightening out? It’s so hard to live and work in peace."
He continued that the authorities have recently stepped up the pace of land resumption, and the land needs to be returned on April 1. However, the land allocation is still in a stalemate, worrying that the handover will not be seamless.
Mr. Zhang, an engineer representative of the Civil Engineering and Development Department, stated that the Development Bureau is responsible for the allocation of the reclaimed land.
(Photo by Gong Jiasheng)
The Development Bureau replied that the restored farmland at Ma Tso Lung Kwu Tung provides farmland in a short period of time for farmers who have submitted an application and will move out in the first quarter of this year; Consult the chairpersons of the rural committees, district councilors and village representatives about the land for re-cultivation purposes.
The authorities today arranged on-site inspections and briefing sessions for these farmers for their reference when making farm rehabilitation decisions. The farmers concerned participated in the on-site inspections arranged today but did not participate in the seminars. The bureau will continue to liaise closely with them and provide appropriate information. assist.
The spokesman said that the Kwu Tung North/Fanling North New Development Area is an important source of medium and long-term land supply. After full development, it will provide a total of about 72,000 units, of which 7 will become public housing. The authorities are also striving for the first batch of public housing to be available in 2026. Completed in the year.
Therefore, the authorities must carry out relevant land clearing and land formation works as scheduled to help solve the society's urgent demand for public housing.
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