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Anti-epidemic meeting held

A meeting on the anti-epidemic work of the Mainland and Hong Kong was held today in Shenzhen.   It was hosted by Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office of the State Council Deputy Director Huang Liuquan.   Chief Secretary John Lee led Hong Kong Special Administrative Region representatives to attend the meeting and exchange strategies with Mainland representatives on preventing and fighting COVID-19 as well as study the resumption of quarantine-free travel between the Mainland and Hong Kong.   Mr Huang noted that the office organised the meeting as the central government attaches great importance to the request by Chief Executive Carrie Lam on the resumption of quarantine-free travel with the Mainland.   Mr Lee thanked the central government for its support and care towards the Hong Kong SAR's efforts in preventing and fighting the virus, and for offering vital assistance on many occasions.   He also expressed gratitude to the office for arranging the meeting within a short

More MiC projects expected

Secretary for Transport & Housing Frank Chan said the Housing Authority will proactively select more suitable public housing sites for adopting modular integrated construction (MiC).    A MiC module is built up from walls, slabs and exterior walls pre-installed in the factory. Together with all the necessary finishes, fixtures and fittings, it is then directly transported to the site for assembly.   While answering lawmakers’ questions today, Mr Chan explained that the authority has selected one of the domestic blocks of the public housing development at Tung Chung Area 99 as the first pilot MiC project.   He noted that the project is currently undergoing excavation and construction works for the basement car park. Together with the construction works of the superstructure, the project is scheduled for completion in 2024.   Mr Chan pointed out that not all of the authority’s housing development sites can meet all the requirements of using MiC. When identifying suitable MiC projects, the authority would consider selecting public housing sites with relatively simple terrain, transportation network and availability of storage area nearby.   To map out the long-term solutions regarding site constraints, the authority has selected a domestic block at Tak Tin Street and three domestic blocks at Anderson Road Quarry Site as MiC projects.   The authority will review the efficiency of MiC amidst the construction process, work out detailed analysis of the construction time, workflow and cost, and work with the industry to explore means to optimise the application efficiency, Mr Chan added.
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