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13 building plans approved in Nov

The Buildings Department approved 13 building plans in November - two on Hong Kong Island, six in Kowloon and five in the New Territories.   Of the approved plans, eight were for apartment and apartment-commercial developments, two for commercial developments, one for factory and industrial developments, and two for community services developments.   Consent was given for works to start on 11 building projects which will provide 210,471 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 2,595 units and 83,060 sq m for non-domestic use.   Additionally, the department received notification of commencement of superstructure works for nine building projects.   The department also issued 16 occupation permits - three on Hong Kong Island, five in Kowloon and eight in the New Territories.   Buildings certified for occupation have 53,034 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 1,355 units and 168,627 sq m for non-domestic use. http://dlvr.it/Sh3Dtw

Year-round fishing in reservoirs set

The Water Services Department today announced that it will launch a pilot scheme on April 1 to allow anglers to fish year-round in reservoirs.   The department said the relaxation of the fishing period in reservoirs will allow anglers with valid fishing licences to fish in the Plover Cove Reservoir and the Tai Tam Group of Reservoirs throughout 2021.   The Tai Tam Group of Reservoirs includes the Upper Reservoir, the Byewash Reservoir, the Intermediate Reservoir and the Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir.   To prevent overfishing from affecting the environment and water quality of reservoirs, anglers holding valid fishing licences were only allowed to fish in reservoirs during the fishing period from September 1 of each year to March 31 the following year.   Given the ever-growing public interest in fishing activities and that local reservoirs are one of the most popular fishing spots, the department is planning to relax the restriction on the fishing period under the premise of not affecting the water supply’s reliability and safety.    Through the pilot scheme, the department will assess the impact of relaxing the fishing period on reservoir environment as well as the species and quantities of fish therein.   When the scheme is completed, the department will conduct a review to determine a long-term implementation plan.       Anglers wishing to fish in local reservoirs must apply for a licence. People aged 13 or above can apply for a licence at a fee of $33.
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