The government is planning to revitalize Hong Kong’s concrete waterways, including the Tai Wai Nullah, Tuen Mun River, and the Fo Tan Nullah in Sha Tin.
These rivers have the greatest potential for greening and landscape work, biodiversity improvements and activities such as watersports, hk01.com reports, citing Edwin Tong Ka-hung, chief of the Drainage Services Department (DSD).
The DSD commissioned a consultant company in 2015 to help provide guidelines and assess the feasibility of the plan.
Tong said the consultant made a detailed record of 228 main rivers and waterways and shortlisted them to 45 potential locations.
In the end, five rivers were picked to pilot the revitalization program, with the Tai Wai Nullah, Tuen Mun River and the Fo Tan Nullah among the first to be selected.
The Tai Wai Nullah will be made greener and turned into a fish-friendly environment.
Tuen Mun River will be transformed into a suitable area for swimming and water sports given the width and depth of the water.
Many dragon boat racing fans support the idea, with one enthusiast, surnamed Lau, saying the plan will improve the water quality of the river.
A student, surnamed Yim, said she would not consider any water sports in the river as the water quality is still quite bad.
Fo Tan Nullah in Sha Tin used to be part of Tide Cove but it has been reclaimed into an artificial river for collecting industrial waste.
It has a lot of potential but the DSD has yet to decide on a suitable plan for the area.
Tong said that after the revitalization project, the DSD will implement warning systems and other facilities such as smart water gates to ensure the safety of users.
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