China State Council approves construction of reclaimed land in Macau

30 November 2009

Macau, China, 30 Nov – Macau’s area is due to be increased by 3.61 square kilometres following the approval by the China State Council of a request to reclaim land put forward by the Macau government, the Government Information Bureau (GIB) said Sunday.

The GIB said that the reclaimed areas had been earmarked for construction of new urban areas, but gave no further information about the project, including its location, but, according to the government proposal, the reclaimed areas will be located in Taipa and in the Macau peninsula area near the border with China.

Macau currently has an area of 29.2 square kilometres and construction of the reclaimed land will increase that by 12.3 percent to 32.81 square kilometres.

Unlike Hong Kong, Macau does not have jurisdiction over its coast and needs approval from the central government for land reclamation projects. (macauhub)