The influential General Union of Neighbourhood Associations (commonly known as Kai Fong) Monday urged the government to come up with measures to tackle the city’s idle land, claiming that empty plots of land caused hygiene problems to nearby residents.
Several Kai Fong representative including Cheang Iok, who heads the Kai Fong office for Taipa and Coloane, and Ho Chong Chun a director of the Kai Fong social affairs committee, made the appeal during a press conference in the headquarters of the association in Toi San, to announce findings of a survey it conducted regarding the city’s idle land.
According to Kai Fong representatives, the survey was carried out by Kai Fong staff in March, in which they visited each plot of idle land which they had been told had been left undeveloped for at least a year.
The representative said they defined idle land as being any plot that they had been told had not been developed for a year or more, so if it was still undeveloped when they visited it in March, even plots that had unfinished buildings on them were considered idle.
According to Kai Fong’s findings after a field study, a total of 375 plots of land matched the definition.
The staff also said that among the 375 plots, 288 were in the centre and south of the city, 23 in the northern district and the remainder in Taipa, according to the findings.
Cheang was quoted by The Macau Post Daily s saying that there were problems of hygiene on some idle plots of land in Taipa such as mosquitoes and rubbish.
“Residents often complained about the problems caused by idle land … the government should look into it,’ Cheang said.
During the press conference, Ho also said that according to the findings most of the idle plots were full of rubbish.
Ho said that the government should come up with measures to ensure the idle land is developed properly, particularly government-owned land.(macaunews)