|Overlooked voices on Ngau Tau Kok reconstruction|
|Written by Lam Lok Wai|
|Saturday, 11 April 2009|
Page 1 of 3
Residents of the Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate in Kwun Tong claims that they don't want to move and don't want the estate to be demolished, but their needs are being overlooked.
The 40 years-old Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate is going to be redeveloped by the government on May 2009, the Hong Kong Housing Authority will be responsible for the reconstruction, residents are scheduled for moving to the Upper Ngau Tau Kok Estate nearby. However, the tentants and residents claims that they don't want to go.
Cheng Ying, retired, has been living in the Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate for more than 20 years. But now, he needs to leave. He is worrying about the moving as no one are going to help him. He claims that he'd rather stay there, because he'll lost his social connection after moving.
As most of the residents that still living there are mainly elderly, they have no another choice other than move. "I 'll miss the estate very much, but I have no choice, the government asked me to move, then I need to move.' said Mrs. Pong, a retired resident for Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate for more than 20 years. (She refused to given her full name and taking pictures)
Mr. Kong, has been running his barber shop at Block 13 of the Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate for more than 30 years. He also want to stay in the estate, as the target customer of his shop are mainly the residents nearby. However, his business is being affected after the reconstruction programme started. "My business is being affected, I'll found a new place for running my shop by myself." Mr. Kong said.
The reconstruction of Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate is included in the Comprehensive Redevelopment Programme by the Hong Kong Housing Authority of Hong Kong SAR Government. Under the programme, all the blocks builded before 1973 will be redeveloped by 2005, but, the reconstruction of Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate is being postponed to 2009 due to the demand of the residents there. However, the needs of this group of people are still being overlooked.
So Lai Chun, vice chairlady of the Kwun Tong District Council, an interview is invited for getting her response on this issue, but she didn't give any reply on the invitation.
|Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 May 2009 )|
|Customs and Cultures|
|Buildings & Monuments|
|Politics & Government|
|Hong Kong's Identity|
|Arts & Culture|