Date
23 September 2017
Noise pollution has reached unbearable levels for residents of Park Island since the airport was relocated to Lantau, critics say. Photo: HKEJ
Noise pollution has reached unbearable levels for residents of Park Island since the airport was relocated to Lantau, critics say. Photo: HKEJ

Third runway seen aggravating noise pollution in Ma Wan

Ma Wan, the island between Lantau and Tsing Yi, is likely to suffer more noise pollution once the Hong Kong International Airport operates a third runway, am730 reported Friday.

As it is, airplane noise has reached unbearable levels for residents of Park Island in the northern part of Ma Wan since the airport was relocated to Lantau, the report said.

This is so because all outbound airplanes, in view of the configuration of the mountains around the airport, have to turn south or right above Park Island after taking off.

A study shows that an average of 780 airplanes flew over Park Island each month, creating noise above 60 decibels, in the period between January 2012 and December 2013.

The noise is especially annoying at nighttime, but authorities have yet to act on the residents’ complaints.

Jeremy Tam Man Ho, a pilot and member of the Civic Party’s executive committee, said the government’s assessment report on the third runway proposal is ambiguous in many aspects.

He said the report uses an old assumption that airplanes can fly north after take-off but the route has never been used since the airport began operations in 1998.

The government’s Advisory Council on the Environment is scheduled to meet on Sept. 15 to make a final decision on whether to recommend the assessment report to the Environmental Protection Department.

But Albert Lai, chairman of The Professional Commons, said the report should be shelved while the government is investigating whether some departments have tried to hide relevant facts on the runway’s environmental impact.

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