XIII. Municipal Services, District
Administration and Governance
255. The Government will build sizable public markets in
NDAs and has initially identified suitable sites in the Tung
Chung New Town Extension Area and Hung Shui Kiu NDA.
The Government will continue to identify suitable sites in other
NDAs. In addition, we will continue to enhance the hardware of
a number of existing public markets, including reprovisioning,
reconfiguration and upgrading of facilities, etc. We will also take
forward progressively the installation of air-conditioning in
public markets which have obtained overwhelming support from
tenants (totalling 10 markets at present). We will endeavour to
deliver hardware and management enhancement in parallel with
a view to revitalising and modernising the operation and
management of markets, so as to ensure that the enhancement
measures are sustainable.
256. Through the 2015 Keep Clean Campaign and the
subsequent regular meeting mechanism between the Secretary
for Food and Health and the Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of the
relevant Committees on Environmental Hygiene under the
District Councils (DCs), our work on environmental hygiene has
borne fruit. The Government will allocate an additional $119
million a year to enhance environmental hygiene and strengthen
the related enforcement and prosecution work.
257. The Government re-introduced the Private Columbaria
Bill to the LegCo last November. The columbarium development
projects supported by the DCs in the past few years will provide
a total of about 589 000 new niches, about two-thirds of the
overall planned number of new niches. We will consult the DCs
on the remaining nine projects. To meet long-term demand, the
Government will promote green burials.