PROFITEERING:The Taoyuan Irrigation Association has allegedly leased out public land on which illegal structures have been built, according to the district forestry office
Date: Jul 26, 2015
By: Sean Lin / Staff reporter
The Hsinchu Forest District Office plans to file charges against the privately owned Taoyuan
Irrigation Association over the organization’s alleged profiteering by occupying and leasing out four plots of public land covering more than 226,000m2 in a Shihmen Reservoir catchment basin.
The Water Resources Agency’s Geographic Data System shows that the plots are in the No. 4 National Forest, overseen by the Forestry Bureau.
The plots are close to Taoyuan’s Dasi District (大溪) and have a combined market value of about NT$140 million (US$4.44 million), the data showed.
An independent investigation by Green Formosa Front standing director Lin Chang-mao (林長茂) found that a mountain road leading to the plots had been fenced off twice, with a sign on a gate further down the road reading: “Fierce dogs inside. Do not enter.” [FULL STORY]