No plan to present delta study to legislature

Friday, February 11, 2011
Issue 1232, Page 2
Word count: 361
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

Faced with concerns that the public consultation of a vast cross-border planning study was not sufficiently promoted, the Hong Kong Government will introduce the study to the Legislative Council (LegCo) later this month, however the Macau Government has no plans to follow suit.

A spokeswoman for the Land, Public Works and Transport Bureau (DSSOPT) told the Macau Daily Times yesterday that there was no information regarding any plans to present the study to Macau lawmakers at the moment.

The month-long consultation for the “Study on the Action Plan for the Bay Area of the Pearl River Estuary” ended simultaneously in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau yesterday.

Yet, the LegCo’s development panel is to discuss the study during a February 22 meeting arranged by the Development Bureau of Hong Kong, according to the South China Morning Post.

The DSSOPT spokeswoman assured that more briefing sessions and discussion forums will be held in order to collect opinions from the general public over the next two months.

She said a specific timetable was not yet certain since the Mainland-led study team has to first deal with the visa issue before being able to come to Macau to give the explanatory sessions.

The study team visited Macau on January 31 where related Government departments, local scholars and experts were invited to express opinions on the key actions proposed to enhance livability and development in Hong Kong, Macau, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Guangzhou, Zhuhai and Zhongshan.

In addition, she reiterated that the “action plan” doesn’t propose any specific actions that the three Governments should implement rather, a general direction for future development.

Residents are still able to submit opinions and ideas to the website of the study on http://www.prdbay.com.

“Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau will come up with their own action plans and projects in the future according to their social situations in order to achieve the goals outlined in the study,” a DSSOPT statement said.

“Macau will participate in the cooperation based on the existing planning and infrastructure work, taking into consideration regional and social development,” it added.

During the process, public consultations on specific action plans related to Macau will also be launched, the bureau stressed.

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