The rapid development of Macao has brought new challenges. The urban planning strategy should set better conditions for balanced and sustainable development of the city, and for a higher standard of living. In recent years, the Central People’s Government has suggested a new vision for Macao’s urban development and regional planning framework – including through approval of reclamation and development of new urban districts and the positioning of Macao as a World Centre of Tourism and Leisure. These new strategies will stimulate Macao’s development.
Macao is building its first rail transit system – the Macao Light Rail Transit System. Once completed, it is expected to provide a convenient, environmentally friendly, reliable and comfortable mass transport service for citizens and tourists in line with the development needs of the city. In the future, the LRT System will integrate buses, taxis and pedestrian walkway systems into a seamless public transport network, encouraging more residents to use public transport and use private vehicles less, thereby achieving the goal of improving overall transportation conditions. In addition, the System will help improve the problems of air pollution caused by vehicle exhaust emissions.
The LRT System adopts a fully automatic driverless system, driven by electric power, with rubber tyres running on concrete rails, for low running noise and zero emissions.
The first line of the Macao LRT System - LRT Taipa Line - is currently under construction and is expected to be completed and open to traffic in 2019. The LRT Taipa Line consists of 11 stations, covering the main residential communities in centre of Taipa, Taipa Old Village and tourist area, and linking three major sea, land and air ports of Macao.
The Government has also sequentially promoted the construction of connecting Taipa Line to Barra and Seac Pai Van Line. The research work on the LRT East Line has also commenced to further expand the overall efficiency of the light rail system.
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In line with the needs of development of the city of Macao, the SAR Government has been improving the transportation network of Macao and been active in facilitating the construction of the light rail transit system. In the future, the system, being a convenient, green and barrier-free transport will constitute, together with buses, taxis and automatic walkways, a seamless public transport network, thereby improving the overall travel environment and providing to residents and tourists with convenient, environmentally friendly, comfortable and reliable public transport services.
With a total length of 9.3 km, the Taipa Line is the first route of the Macao Light Rail Transit System. The Line having 11 stations passes by the main residential areas, tourist areas and cultural and recreational facilities in Taipa. It is connected to Macao’s three major sea, land and air border checkpoints at the Cotai Frontier Port, Macau International Airport and Taipa Ferry Terminal.
At this stage, the Government is making every effort to push forward the preparatory work for the construction of the Taipa Line towards the goal of opening the Line in 2019; at the same time, the work related to extending the network to Barra and Seac Pai Van has been carried out. The authorities will soon launch a study on the East Line of the System to expand the System’s the overall efficiency as early as possible.
Public Construction and Infrastructure Projects
To improve the quality of social facilities, the Land, Public Works and Transport Bureau of Macao is responsible for following up on a number of projects. For details of construction projects under planning, underway or completed, please visit:
Island Health Care Complex
The Island Health Care Complex is located in the area adjacent to the Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, on a plot of land of about 77,000 m2. The development consists of seven buildings, and the road networks, squares, viaducts, pedestrian overpasses and supporting infrastructure within the plot of land. The project has a gross building area of about 421,000.00 m2 and will be built in two phases. The first phase includes the construction of the Nursing Institute, Residential Workers Building, General Hospital Building, Logistic Support Building, Comprehensive Administration Building and the Central Lab Building. The Rehabilitation Hospital will be part of the second phase of the construction.
This project is followed up by two departments – the Health Bureau is responsible for project design (drawings, engineering quantity and budget), and the Infrastructure Development Office is responsible for construction.
The Fourth Cross-sea Bridge between Macao and Taipa
The starting point of the fourth cross-sea bridge between Macao and Taipa will be located on the east side of Zone A of the Macao New Urban Zone and connected with the artificial island of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Macao port, crossing over the outer waterways towards the inner waterways, and arriving at Zone E1 of the Macao New Urban Zone, with a fly-over for direct connection to the Taipa Grande Hill Tunnel. The main line of the bridge is about 3.1 kilometers long, with a section over the sea about 2.9 kilometers long and two bridges over waterways spanning a distance of 280 meters. The main road consists of eight lanes in both directions, with the two central lanes reserved as a special lane for mopeds and motorcycles. Wind protection barriers will be installed within the bridge's main line area so that the wind speed on the bridge deck will not exceed the wind speed on its landing points, and that the corresponding wind speed will be less than the typhoon in the event of Typhoon Signal No. 8, simulating the driving environment on land areas.
In 2016, the construction feasibility study on the project, specialized studies on flood prevention issues and the navigability debate of the bridge were completed and submitted for consideration and approval by the Central Government. Upon receiving the response with approval and opinions in July 2017, further complementary debate on maritime safety was conducted. The project was finally approved in March 2018. Based on the opinions and requests, the preliminary design work was completed in July 2018. On February 28, the first stage of the bidding process for the pre-qualification of the “Fourth Cross-sea Bridge Design and Construction Project” was launched. The qualified and invited bidders submitted the second-stage tender bids by August 1, 2019.
Guangdong-Macao New Channel
The Guangdong-Macao New Channel project was officially submitted to the Central Government and approved by the State Council in November 2013. The project is located at about 800 meters southwest of the Border Gate-Gongbei Port and is positioned as an independent informational electronic port designed for a daily customs clearance flow of 200,000 person-times mainly served by self-service customs clearance, realizing an innovative customs clearance mode. There is no vehicle passage and only pedestrians can access the port.
The project construction spans both Guangdong and Macao and covers an area of about 28,000 m2. The main construction land and construction works are located in Macao, and a small number of facilities are installed above the Canal Dos Patos, including a 400-meter-long dedicated enclosed channel for passengers above the Canal Dos Patos. In addition to effectively relieving the pressure of customs clearance of the Border Gate-Gongbei Port, the flow of people and traffic pressures to the Border Gate, the Guangdong-Macao New Channel plays the role of realizing the convenient connection between the Guangzhou-Zhuhai intercity train and the Macao Light Rail Transit System, and the integration of Macao into the "one-hour life circle" regional vision of the Pearl River Delta.
The construction of the new wholesale market for the first phase of the project was commenced at the end of November 2014 and completed in 2016. The construction of the second phase involving the joint inspection building and the connecting passages, as well as the consolidation of the Canal Dos Patos, commenced in early 2017.
The main functions of the Housing Bureau are to ensure the execution of public housing policies, projects and work, to provide assistance and support to management of common areas in buildings, to monitor the real estate agency business and to issue licences according to the law.
Public housing refers to units leased by the Government to low income families and those in adverse circumstances. Methods for the allocation and management of public housing are governed by By-law No. 25/2009.
Public housing is distributed to families of weak financial standing in the form of leasing. Families of weak financial standing are defined as those whose household income falls beneath the legally stipulated level.
Home Ownership Scheme Housing
Under Law No. 10/2011 - “The Home-Ownership Scheme Housing Law” amended by Law No. 11/2015, the construction of Home-Ownership Scheme Housing is led by the Government and executed by the Housing Bureau or other public authorities appointed by the Chief Executive.
The rationale for building Home-Ownership Scheme Housing is: 1. To assist Macao residents of a particular income level and financial situation to meet their housing needs; 2. to promote housing supply that suits the practical needs and purchasing power of Macao residents.
According to the laws and regulations of the Home-Ownership Scheme, the Housing Bureau is empowered to monitor and supervise the operation of Home-Ownership Scheme Housing, including building maintenance and property management. In accordance with relevant laws, the Bureau can impose penalties on tenants or management entities that violate its regulations. The Housing Bureau also assists owners of Home-Ownership Scheme Housing units with the setting up of management committees and provides technical resolution of disputes involving building management.
The Housing Bureau also keeps abreast of all necessary renovation and improvement works for public housing. In addition to the public facilities of housing estates, it strives to improve indoor facilities in order to improve the living conditions of its tenants, particularly for the elderly living alone.
According to the Regulamento Administrativo which will be effective from 22 August, 2018, all business owners of condominiums management must be licensed to engage in concerned business. The IH is responsible for the concession of business activity licenses for the administration of condominiums and for the supervision of their activity.
Building Maintenance Fund Schemes
To encourage and help homeowners to perform their duties regarding the maintenance of common building areas and facilities in residential, commercial-residential and industrial buildings, the Housing Bureau has established seven Building Maintenance Fund schemes.
|Launch Year||Name of Scheme|
|2007||Interest-free Loan Scheme for Building Maintenance|
|2008||Subsidy Scheme for Building Maintenance|
|2008||Subsidy Scheme for Building Management|
|2009||Provisional Subsidy Scheme for Common Parts Maintenance of Low-Rise Buildings|
|2009||Support Scheme for Building Maintenance|
|2013||Subsidy Scheme for Voluntary Removal of Unauthorised Structures|
|2017||Provisional Subsidy Scheme for Common Parts Inspection of P and M Class Buildings|
Joint Centre for Building Leakage Issues
The Joint Centre for Building Leakage Issues - co-ordinated by the Housing Bureau and formed by the Land, Public Works and Transport Bureau, Municipal Affairs Bureau and Health Bureau - was established based on the inter-departmental co-operation system on 1st February 2009 to provide a one-stop service for handling the issues of building leakage in tandem with the technical assessments conducted by the Civil Engineering Laboratory.
Real Estate Intermediary Service
The Law on Real Estate Intermediary Activities, which took effect on 1st July 2013, directs that the real estate intermediary and agent must fulfill the stipulated conditions and obtain the licences of real estate intermediary and agent. The Housing Bureau has added a functional department responsible for handling the real estate intermediary service, licence application and supervision work related to intermediary and agent.
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