Landfills to increase Macau’s area by 13 percent

5 December 2005

Macau, China, 05 Dec – The government of Macau has announced plans for new landfill projects that will increase the area of the territory by 13%, the Macau Post reported Monday.

The English-language daily said that the Secretary for Transport and Public Works of the Macau government, Ao Man Long, said in the Legislative Assembly that the four new landfill areas would increase Macau’s area by 3.6 square kilometers and provide accommodation for 120,000 people.

At the end of 2004 the population of Macau totaled 465,000 people.

In 1912 the area covering Macau and the islands of Taipa and Coloane was just 11.6 square kilometers. After conclusion of the proposed landfills the total area will reach 31.1 square kilometers.

Ao Man Long also announced that the tenders for carrying out the landfills, in the areas of Taipa and the border with continental China, may be launched in 2006.

The projected landfills are to be used for commercial and residential areas, sports facilities, casinos, hotels and tourism.(macauhub)