Potential sites have been identified in various districts under the district-based columbarium development scheme. Among the projects, 14 sites will altogether provide around 600,000 new niches. As regards the remaining projects, the Government will continue the planning work and consult the relevant DCs when ready. If taken forward, they will provide an additional 300,000 niches.
Among the projects which have gone through DC consultation, the Department has obtained funding approval for taking forward the following -
|Location||Number of niches
|Anticipated Year of Completion|
|Wong Nai Chung Road Columbarium||855||Completed in 2019|
|Tsang Tsui Columbarium||163,000||Completed in 2020|
|Wo Hop Shek Cemetery (Phase 1), North District||44,000||Completed in 2020|
|Cheung Chau Columbarium Extension, Islands District#||1,250||Completed in 2020|
|Lai Chi Yuen Cemetery Extension, Islands District||790||Completed in 2020|
|Cape Collison Road, Eastern District||25,000||2022|
|On Hing Lane, Shek Mun, Shatin||40,000||2024|
# Not under the district-based columbarium development scheme
In addition to the comprehensive allocation of public niches once a year, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department accepts applications from the public for new niches at Tsang Tsui Columbarium on a monthly basis starting from December 2020. About 1,700 new niches are provided each month. Therefore, there is currently adequate supply of public niches and applicants generally do not have to wait.