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The Hong Kong government plans to spend more than HK$ 16 billion (£1.4 billion) on public works projects over the next 12 months, according to James Blake, the secretary for works.Among the larger schemes is a HK$2.16 billion (£188 million) development of Area 38 in Tuen Mun new town in the New Territories for special industries, and HK$1.6 billion (£138 million) for the construction of road links to the proposed port on Lantau Island.The projects listed by Mr Blake do not include work planned by the Provisional Airport Authority and Mass Transit Railway Corporation for the airport and airport railway.Neither do they include other large projects such as the strategic sewage disposal scheme or the HK$1 billion (£87 million) widening of the Tuen Mun highway.Contracting groups are already bidding for the highway work and tenders are due in next month.The individual schemes announced by Mr Blake will be handled by several government departments including drainage services, highways and water supplies.Most are expected to start towards the end of this year once planning and design work have been completed. CONSTRUCTION NEWS