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A burial ground


The Government has submitted the Private Columbaria Bill to the Legislative Council for deliberations. The Centre’s weekly analysis examines the obstacles facing the licensing scheme of private columbaria and the difficulties of increasing niche supply. It also ponders on the feasibility of green burials and how life and death education could fortify the necessary mindset changes and help solve the problem.


Reborn of private low-cost housing


News reported that property tycoon Lee Shau-kee intended to donate a plot of land occupied by Tai Hang Sai Estate for building subsidised flats. Whether the private sector could help resolve the housing needs of low-income households has become a topic for discussion. The Centre’s weekly analysis assesses the pros and cons of this privately-run low-cost housing project, and points out that the private sector should strike a balance between profitability and social responsibility while providing housing for the low-income groups.

Land to let


The Government was reported to have the intention to lease land in Nansha, Guangzhou for development, but it quickly refuted the idea as unfeasible. The Centre’s weekly analysis looks into the potential economic benefits and risks of leasing land in Hong Kong, Macao, the Mainland and overseas for development, and discusses how to manage the benefits of different parties in the planning and positioning of land leasing.

Rail connecting new to old


Archaeological remains of the Song-Yuan Dynasties unearthed along the Shatin to Central Link have aroused public discussion on how to strike a balance between archaeological preservation and development. The Centre’s weekly analysis ponders on how development and preservation could coexist, by making reference to successful overseas cases. The article also discusses the feasibility of turning historical relics into cultural tourism attractions.

What makes an advanced transport system?


Hong Kong topped the list of the Urban Mobility Index report released by the International Association of Public Transport. The Centre’s weekly analysis looks into the report and overseas examples and considers how Hong Kong’s transport system could be enhanced by using technology, limiting the number of vehicles, as well as sharing of rides and space.

Development of underground spaces


In his latest Policy Address, the Chief Executive planned to carry out a detailed study on potential underground space development in four pilot strategic urban districts. Making reference to overseas examples, the Centre’s weekly analysis examines the feasibility and difficulties of developing underground cities in Hong Kong. The article also suggests the Government to take into account the chain reactions of developing underground spaces, in addition to technical and cost implications.

Soaring wage set stage for cost surge in construction?


Some have attributed the surge in construction costs to increasing raw material prices and pay rise due to the shortage of manpower in the construction industry, amid the rising number of large-scale infrastructure and public housing projects. Following our earlier commentary on the causes of over-budgeting in Government projects, the Centre’s analysis this week takes a closer look into the impact of the increases in wages and raw material prices on construction costs.

Budget overruns in Government projects


Quite a number of Government projects have gone over budget in recent years, arousing wide attention and heated discussions. With reference to the mega projects that have overrun by at least 40%, the Centre’s weekly analysis examines the methodology of Government cost projections, with a view to pondering major causes of cost overruns.

Hunting for a parking space


In his latest Policy Address, the Chief Executive presented his plan for increasing housing supply. The availability of transport infrastructure should also be considered in the process of land development. The Centre’s weekly analysis examines the inadequate supply and mismatched allocation of parking spaces, and recommends the Government to review the supply and demand of parking spaces to cater for the new development projects in Hong Kong.