Improving Building Safety
67. To speed up urban renewal
and building maintenance, the Government has recently
announced that it has obtained the support of the Hong
Kong Housing Society to launch a $3 billion Building
Management and Maintenance Scheme.
The scheme will provide 㺸ne-stop?services
to owners of old buildings to help them improve the
overall condition of their buildings and living
year, an estimated 800 or so buildings will benefit from
the scheme. In
addition, I will earmark a total of $830 million to the
Buildings Department over a period of five years
starting from 2006?7, for the purpose of removing
over 180 000 unauthorised structures and improving
the safety and external appearance of old buildings.
These initiatives will create job opportunities
for the building construction and decorating sectors and
help ease the unemployment situation of less-educated
and low-skilled workers.