The proposed Lok Ma Chau border shopping mall may reach a dead end because of the difficulty assembling land parcels and opposition from residents of nearby San Tin, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Monday.
There have also been problems relocating the container trucks that have been parking in the car park designated for the planned mall.
The mall’s major developers, Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd. (00016.HK) and Henderson Land Development Co. Ltd. (00012.HK), leased the car park earlier to a third party at a low cost.
The lease ended at the end of last month.
Some local groups in San Tin have objected at the Town Planning Board to the proposal to build the mall, amid worries over the heavy traffic it is likely to bring.
However, Man Ping-nam, San Tin Rural Committee’s new chairman, said if the government pledges to manage the mall’s supporting transportation well, the committee will not oppose the plan.
It is hard to say whether the mall can be established by the end of the year, the report quoted Wong Ting-kwong, lawmaker for the import and export constituency, as saying.
Translation by Vey Wong
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