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Old July 17th, 2017, 04:42 PM   #501
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The department store next door is a Shin Kong Mitsukoshi, this new building will be a Far Eastern department store.
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July 25, 2017
Taipei reiterates wish for Nangang light rail station
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Taipei Deputy Mayor Charles Lin (林欽榮) yesterday said the city government supports the construction of a light rail system between Keelung and Taipei, but suggested that the line’s terminal station be located at Taipei’s Nangang (南港) Railway Station.

Lin yesterday met with Taipei Department of Rapid Transit Systems Commissioner Chang Tzer-hsiung (張澤雄), Department of Transportation Commissioner Chang Jer-yang (張哲揚) and Department of Urban Development Deputy Commissioner Chang Kang-wei (張剛維) to explain the city’s stance.

“To enhance the connections between the greater Taipei area, Keelung and Taoyuan, we think the light rail system is necessary for the overall national land development,” Lin said. “The city government is supportive and willing to assist in accomplishing it.”

He said the city’s East District Gateway Project aims to make Nangang Railway Station a regional multimodal transportation hub that would connect passengers traveling on the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp, the Taiwan Railways Administration and the Taipei Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) systems, while also connecting northern and eastern Taiwan.

The ministry has said setting up the light rail system’s terminal station at the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall would be feasible, but the city government thinks it would be technically difficult, Lin said.
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July 25, 2017
Rail terminus at Nangang said to cost extra NT$5bn
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The special budget for the construction of a light rail system to connect Taipei and Keelung would need an extra NT$5 billion (US$164.7 million) if the government followed the Taipei City Government’s suggestion that the route’s terminal station should be at Nangang MRT Station, rather than the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center MRT Station, the Railway Reconstruction Bureau said yesterday.

Under the government’s Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program, the Keelung light rail project has a budget of NT$8.1 billion.
The proposed extension of the route would entail further construction and land expropriation costs that would increase the budget by an estimated 60 percent.

The bureau planned to make the Nangang Exhibition Center Station the terminus of the light rail system so that passengers could continue their journeys using the MRT’s brown or blue lines, Railway Reconstruction Bureau Acting Director-General Allen Hu (胡湘麟) said.

In addition, light-rail passengers wanting to access Nangang MRT Station could walk about 1km west after exiting Nangang Exhibition Center MRT Station, he said.

The Railway Reconstruction Bureau is considering two possibilities for a Nangang Exhibition Center terminus, he said.

One is to build an above-ground station at Nansi Park (南汐公園), opposite the center; the other is to build an underground station on Nangang Road (南港路), he said.

The bureau favors the above-ground site, as it would allow smooth connection to the existing Taiwan Railways Administration railway route and light-rail passengers arriving at the station could access the Nangang Exhibition Center Station through two MRT exits inside the park, he said.
In addition, that option would not disrupt the traffic near the MRT station, the bureau said.

“However, the Taipei City Government proposed that the light rail system be extended to the Nangang MRT Station by an underground railway line. Therefore, our team has begun researching the possibility of building an underground light rail station,” Hu said.

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Arbitration rules in favor of Farglory in Taipei Dome case
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The Taiwan Construction Arbitration Association yesterday ruled that the Taipei City Government should have granted Farglory Group (遠雄集團) an additional 110 days past the the build-operate-transfer project deadline, after it was denied a construction extension for the Taipei Dome complex.

Farglory said that the ruling proves that it was not at fault for failing to complete the construction before the date stated in the contract it has with the city government.
Aug 16, 2017
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Ma goes to court for questioning on Dome project

Former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) is due in the Taipei District Court today to be questioned about his involvement in the contracting process for the Taipei Dome build-operate-transfer (BOT) project when he was Taipei mayor.

The Taipei City Government in 2004 named Farglory Group and Osaka-based Takenaka Corp as contractors for the project after selective bidding was conducted, saying they were the most qualified applicants.

After Takenaka pulled out of the project in September of that year, Farglory continued to negotiate a contract with the city government, and a BOT contract was signed in 2006.

The contract exempted Farglory from paying royalties on the complex — which according to the approved construction plan was to consist of a baseball stadium, movie theater, department store, hotel and office building — over the 50 year-term of the contract, sparking speculation that Ma and former Taipei Department of Finance commissioner Lee Sush-der (李述德), who presided over the negotiations, could have colluded with Farglory and improperly helped it.

Prosecutors who investigated the case said the waiving of royalties would cost the city about NT$400 million (US$13.2 million at the current exchange rate) per year for the duration of the contract.

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je’s (柯文哲) clean government committee in 2015 asked the Ministry of Justice to investigate Ma and Lee, citing a recording that indicated that Lee, during a 2004 meeting, said “top brass” at the city government instructed him to waive the royalties after “the Farglory chairman met with the mayor and reached consensuses.”

The ministry forwarded the case to the ministry’s Special Investigation Division (SID), which passed it on to the court because Ma was Taipei mayor at the time the negotiations took place.

Members of the Songshan Tobacco Factory Tree Protection Union, the leading civic group opposing the Dome project, accused the Ma administration of tipping off Farglory about qualifications for the selective bidding, while only notifying other competitors about the terms a few days before the application window closed.
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Aug 17, 2017
Ex-president questioned as defendant in Dome probe
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Former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday appeared in court as a defendant in a corruption probe into the contracting process for the Taipei Dome project, while Farglory Group founder Chao Teng-hsiung (趙藤雄) was also questioned in connection with the case.

After a session lasting more than eight hours, Ma left the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office after 5pm.

“I am confident in my innocence and I can stand up to the test,” Ma said as he left the office.

It is the second case in which Ma has been listed as a defendant and summoned for questioning in a judicial investigation since stepping down from the presidency on May 20 last year.

Prosecutors also summoned former Taipei Department of Finance commissioner Lee Sush-der (李述德), former Farglory Group vice president Tsai Chung-i (蔡宗易) and architect Liu Pei-sen (劉培森), the original designer of the Taipei Dome project.

Chao was escorted back to the detention center after questioning, where he has been held since July 1, while Tsai and Liu were allowed to leave.

Lee was still being questioned at press time last night.

Local media reports said that Taipei prosecutors have gathered key evidence alleging that Ma, in 2004, during his tenure as Taipei mayor, colluded with Chao to improperly favor and benefit Farglory Group (遠雄集團).

The city government in 2004 named Farglory Group and Osaka-based Takenaka Corp as contractors for the project after a selective bidding process, saying they were the most qualified applicants.

After Takenaka pulled out of the project in September of that year, Farglory continued to negotiate a contract with the city government, and a build-operate-transfer (BOT) contract was signed in 2006.

The contract exempted Farglory from paying royalties on the complex — which according to the approved construction plan was to consist of a baseball stadium, movie theaters, department store, hotel and office building — over the 50-year term of the contract.

Prosecutors said that the royalty waiver would cost the city about NT$400 million (US$13.17 million at the current exchange rate) per year for the duration of the contract.
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Aug 27, 2017
Wulai railway reopens
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Three cars stand on a railway in New Taipei City’s Wulai District yesterday as the service was reopened after two years of reconstruction.
Photo: Chang An-chiao, Taipei Times


A 90-year-old railway in New Taipei City’s Wulai District (烏來) was reopened yesterday after nearly two years of reconstruction following Typhoon Soudelor.

The train’s three carriages transport passengers 1.5km between Wulai Station and Waterfall Station.

There will be a discounted fare of NT$30 until the end of next month.

The railway is a landmark of the district along with Wulai Waterfall, Lansheng Bridge and Neidong National Forest Recreation Park, Premier Lin Chuan (林全) said at the reopening ceremony, adding that the area has the potential to become an international tourist attraction.

The originally hand-pulled railway was built in 1928 during the Japanese colonial period to transport logs, tea and passengers, Forestry Bureau Director-General Lin Hua-ching (林華慶) said.

“After the highway was completed in 1951, most sections of the railway were demolished except for the 1.5km portion,” he said.

Typhoon Soudelor in August 2015 caused serious damage to the remaining portion of the railway, 120m of which completely collapsed, he said.

“Much of the reconstruction work was done by hand as big machines could not operate on the narrow roads,” he said, adding that the work was finished last month.
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Sept. 20, 2017
No getting around EIA rules for Taipei Dome project: city
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DENIAL : A story by Up Media had alleged that the city would waive an EIA requirement to allow Farglory to resume work on the stalled project

Farglory Land Development Co’s Taipei Dome project must still pass the required environmental impact assessment (EIA) before it can resume construction, the Taipei City Government said yesterday.

News outlet Up Media on Monday evening reported that the city government and Farglory representatives had secretly discussed the project and reached a consensus between July and earlier this month.

The city would reportedly waive a required EIA procedure if Farglory agrees to submit its modified fire and safety assessment reports to the Taipei Department of Urban Development’s Urban Design and Land Use Development Permit Committee for review, Up Media said.

However, the city yesterday issued a press release denying the report.

“If Farglory Land Development Co wants to apply to resume the Taipei Dome project, it must meet the procedures required by EIA regulations, because the project’s modified plan is not the same as the original one that passed the EIA,” it said in the statement.
The Taipei Department of Environmental Protection said Farglory had applied in June to modify the plans of the complex’s vehicle and pedestrian circulation systems, parking spaces, the main body of the stadium and store layout.

According to the Environmental Impact Assessment Enforcement Rules (環評法施行細則), Farglory must submit an assessment of changes to the Environmental Impact Assessment Committee for review, the city said.
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Oct. 26, 2017
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Runway crack to be fixed
GROUNDED : In an operation that could affect more than 100 flights, the south runway at Taoyuan airport is to close next week to repair a crack in the pavement

The south runway at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is to be closed for 16 hours next week to repair a crack in the pavement, Taoyuan International Airport Corp (TIAC) said yesterday.

The work could affect more than 100 flights, the company said.

TIAC chairman Tseng Dar-jen (曾大仁) made the announcement at a meeting of the legislature’s Transportation Committee in Taipei, when lawmakers questioned the airport company about a report by Chinese-language newspaper the Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister paper) on cracks found in the airport’s south runway.

The south runway was opened for operation in January 2015 without first passing an inspection, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Cheng Pao-ching (鄭寶清) said.

The pavement cracks might have resulted from a lack of airport oversight and poor construction quality, he added.

DPP Legislator Huang Kuo-shu (黃國書) asked why the cracks appeared after the renovated runway had been in use for only two years.

The runway is scheduled to be closed on Wednesday next week for repairs, Minister of Transportation and Communications Hochen Tan (賀陳旦) said.
However, Tseng said that the company would have to consult with air traffic control officials before setting a date and time.

It must have been contractor error that caused the pavement to crack, Tseng said, adding that the company would hold the contractor accountable.
The airport company in a statement said that the crack was about 9m long and 2mm wide, rather than the 60m in length that was reported by the media.

A flexible type of pavement has been used on the airport’s north and south runways, the company said, adding that the advantage of using this pavement was that repairs only take a maximum of 16 hours.
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Expansion of Taoyuan Airport's Terminal 2 continues
Sep. 27, 2017
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Expansion of Taoyuan Airport's Terminal 2 continues Taipei, Sept. 27 (CNA) A ceremony was held Wednesday to mark the completion of expansion work on the northern wing of Terminal 2 at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and the opening of a departure hall on the third floor of the southern wing.

Once the expansion project is fully completed as scheduled in 2018, the passenger capacity of Terminal 2 will rise to 22 million from the original 17 million per year, said Tseng Dar-jen (曾大仁), chairman of Taoyuan International Airport Corp., during the ceremony.

Work on the NT$2.297 billion (US$77.18 million) expansion project will be completed in phases and upon completion, the space in the departure hall will increase by 50 percent, with an additional 56 manned check-in counters installed, Tseng said.

Meanwhile, the safety inspection space in the transit area will be tripled in size and there will also be more space for commercial, recreational and leisure activities, Tseng said, adding that the company plans to set up a bird's-eye rooftop restaurant and other recreational facilities in the future.
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Ma goes to court for questioning on Dome project

Former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) is due in the Taipei District Court today to be questioned about his involvement in the contracting process for the Taipei Dome build-operate-transfer (BOT) project when he was Taipei mayor.

The Taipei City Government in 2004 named Farglory Group and Osaka-based Takenaka Corp as contractors for the project after selective bidding was conducted, saying they were the most qualified applicants.

After Takenaka pulled out of the project in September of that year, Farglory continued to negotiate a contract with the city government, and a BOT contract was signed in 2006.

The contract exempted Farglory from paying royalties on the complex — which according to the approved construction plan was to consist of a baseball stadium, movie theater, department store, hotel and office building — over the 50 year-term of the contract, sparking speculation that Ma and former Taipei Department of Finance commissioner Lee Sush-der (李述德), who presided over the negotiations, could have colluded with Farglory and improperly helped it.

Prosecutors who investigated the case said the waiving of royalties would cost the city about NT$400 million (US$13.2 million at the current exchange rate) per year for the duration of the contract.

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je’s (柯文哲) clean government committee in 2015 asked the Ministry of Justice to investigate Ma and Lee, citing a recording that indicated that Lee, during a 2004 meeting, said “top brass” at the city government instructed him to waive the royalties after “the Farglory chairman met with the mayor and reached consensuses.”

The ministry forwarded the case to the ministry’s Special Investigation Division (SID), which passed it on to the court because Ma was Taipei mayor at the time the negotiations took place.

Members of the Songshan Tobacco Factory Tree Protection Union, the leading civic group opposing the Dome project, accused the Ma administration of tipping off Farglory about qualifications for the selective bidding, while only notifying other competitors about the terms a few days before the application window closed.

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LNG terminal plan changes criticized
NOT SATISFIED : A Council of Agriculture researcher said that new proposals that should address criticism of CPC’s proposed gas terminal in Taoyuan had no scientific basis

A Ministry of Economic Affairs proposal to reduce the planned area of the third liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal to protect wildlife is laudable, but it should still find a better location for the project, an environmentalist said yesterday, after the ministry on Wednesday said that the plot could be reduced by more than two-thirds.

CPC Corp, Taiwan’s (CPC, 台灣中油) plans to build the terminal off the coast of Datan Borough (大潭) in Taoyuan’s Guanyin District (觀音), but environmentalists have been opposed to the project, which they have said would bury nearby algal reefs, as well as the endangered coral Polycyathus chaishanensis.

The development area of the terminal project could be reduced from 65 hectares to 21 hectares, Minister of Economic Affairs Shen Jong-chin (沈榮津) told the Legislative Yuan on Wednesday, adding that CPC would build some of the gas storage tanks in a windbreak forest to avoid affecting the algal reefs.

Instead of building the terminal on wetlands that contain the algal reefs, the utility plans to build it on a new offshore wharf so that it will not obstruct the tide and will not endanger the ecosystem near the shore, CPC vice president J.Z. Fang (方振仁) said that day.

The project has yet to pass a review by an Environmental Protection Administration ad hoc committee.

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