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More HZMB private car quotas set

The governments of Hong Kong and Macau have agreed to increase the regular quotas for Hong Kong cross-boundary non-commercial private cars using the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge to Macau, the Transport Department announced today.   The decision was made to enhance traffic flow between Hong Kong and Macau, better utilising the bridge, the department said.   It will increase the Hong Kong quota by 1,000, following the earlier quota allocation of 1,800 for Hong Kong.   The additional quota will be distributed in two phases from the second quarter.   Half of the additional 1,000 quota allocations is for company applicants and the other half is for individual applicants. The quotas are valid for no more than three years. The eligibility criteria of quota applications remains the same.   Private cars allocated with Hong Kong quotas will be permitted to access the city of Macau multiple times using the bridge.   The Hong Kong quota allotments will be re-allocated upon expiry thro

Drones sow seeds on landslide scars

The Civil Engineering & Development Department’s Geotechnical Engineering Office is exploring the use of drones for aerial seed sowing on landslide scars to speedily restore the natural appearance in those areas.   Plant seeds are put in a seeder which can be operated by remote control. The drone then flies over the landslide scar to spread the seeds.   Some of the seeds are wrapped in soil mixed with bio-charcoal to help plants grow in dry soil.   The office said using drones to sow seeds will be more cost-effective than the traditional method, where access and working platforms for material transport and planting works need to be constructed.   The technology is being tested at slopes in Shek Kong, Ta Shek Wu and at Fan Kam Road. If proven effective after the three-year trial, it will be adopted in other districts to improve the natural terrain.   At a media briefing on slope safety today, the department reminded residents to be vigilant as urbanisation, slope degradation and extreme weather have increased the risk of landslide.   There were 214 reported landslides in 2020, which is more than the 131 cases in 2019, but lower than the annual average of 300 reported landslides over the past 25 years.
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