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Friday, September 30, 2016, 21:30

Columbarium proposal turned down


HONG KONG – The Town Planning Board on Friday rejected Kerry Logistics’ proposal on converting a warehouse in Chai Wan to a columbarium, citing that it would cause serious traffic problems.

A representative from the Planning Department said the warehouse was located on Ka Yip Street, the only passageway to the nearby warehouses and barging points. He said building a columbarium there would cause traffic jams and affect the normal operation of the industrial undertakings.

Kerry Logistics unveiled the plan for turning the warehouse into a 15-story private columbarium in February last year. Following strong protests from residents in the neighborhood, the company scaled down the number of niches provided from 120,000 to 82,000.

It also offered to introduce a free shuttle bus services from Heng Fa Chuen and Quarry Bay MTR stations, as well as preregistered appointments, to help solve the traffic congestion problem.

Hong Kong has eight public columbarium facilities, which use a ballot system to offer A4-size niches to the deceased. Waiting lists for such columbarium niches are measured in years, while the cost of private site internment ranges from HK$10,000 to HK$200,000.

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