主持人：Janice Wong and Andrew Work
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On Monday's Backchat, we're talking about efforts to tackle abuse of the public housing system, and also waiting times for a public rental flat.
Latest data from the Housing Authority shows that the average wait increased to 5.6 years in the third quarter, from 5.3 in the previous period.
The authority has warned that the waiting time could rise further in the first half of next year, but it says the situation is under control and housing supply is expected to pick up in 2024.
Meanwhile, more than 50 households living in government-subsidized units have been found to own their own properties in the city, after tighter checking procedures came into effect.
The director of housing has said that tenants who inform the authority about possible abuse of the system by their neighbours may be rewarded for doing so.
After 9:45am, we look at the China Manned Space Exhibition which is taking place in the Space Museum.
9:05-9:30am Cleresa Wong Pie-yue, Chairman of the Subsidized Housing Committee and a member of the Strategic Planning Committee
9:05am-9:45am Dr Rita Li, Director of Sustainable Real Estate Research Center; Associate Professor, Department of Economics and Finance, HK Shue Yan University
9:30am-9:45am Sze Lai-shan, Deputy Director, The Society for Community Organisation
9:45am-10:00am Lawrence Lee, Museum Director of the Hong Kong Science Museum
主持人：Janice Wong and Andrew Work
9:00am-9:45am: Toll rates of road tunnels
9:00am-9:45am: BH – Alok Jain, CEO & Managing Director of Trans-consult
9:00am-9:30am: Phone - Mr. Michael Tien, Roundtable Convenor and Legislative Councillor
9:00am-09:45am: Phone - Dr. Timothy D. Hau, Honorary Associate Professor, Faculty of Business and Economics, HKU Business School, The University of Hong Kong
9:45am-10:00am: New linkage with MTR fares
9:45am-10:00am: BH – Alok Jain, CEO & Managing Director of Trans-consult
9:45am-10:00am: Phone - Gary Zhang Xinyu, Member of the Legislative Council
On Friday’s Backchat we're talking about cross-harbour tunnel toll changes
From 2 August, the tolls on all three cross-harbour tunnels will be adjusted, as part of the government’s two-part plan to ease cross-harbour congestion.
In the first part, the toll for private cars taking the Western Harbour Crossing will go down to HK$60, while those on the Cross-Harbour Tunnel and Eastern Harbour Crossing will go up to HK$30. But taxis will enjoy a flat rate of HK$25 for all three tunnels.
And in the second part of the plan that will be implemented by the end of this year, rush-hour fares for private cars and motorcycles will be introduced.
How effective will this plan be in easing cross-harbour congestion? Will motorists encounter any practical problems?
After 9:45, we will stick with transport, and look at the MTRC’s new fare adjustment mechanism
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