By: Gu Chuan and Ted Chen
Taipei, April 16 (CNA) Taipei Deputy Mayor Teng Chia-chi (鄧家基) on Thursday stated that there can be no compromises on safety requirements, and that the Taipei Dome will not be allowed to commence operations merely to accommodate the interests of its builder.
Teng’s announcement was made after Farglory Land Development Co. (遠雄), the builder of the multi-billion dollar project rejected the Taipei City Government’s demand to either tear down the adjacent commercial complex and underground parking lots accompanying the Taipei Dome, or have the main arena structure scuttled in favor of a public park, leaving the surrounding developments.
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said that Taipei Dome’s builder had failed to take into consideration the severe consequences of insufficient safety measures at the 100,000 capacity venue in the event of fires or other disasters in the busy downtown area. [FULL STORY]