PRECIOUS SUPPLY:A KMT legislator has blamed the government for deforestation and leaky water pipes, which she said lose about 10 reservoirs worth of water annually
Date: Jun 11, 2017
By: Chen Yu-fu / Staff reporter
The Executive Yuan’s proposed budget for the so-called “development of aquatic
environments” project of the Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program is “clearly insufficient” and would likely hamper efforts to prevent floods, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers said yesterday.
The Cabinet introduced the aquatic environments program to facilitate the nation’s water distribution and improve drainage systems in flood-prone areas, and has planned a NT$250.7 billion (US$8.33 billion) budget out of the NT$890 billion earmarked for the infrastructure project.
KMT Legislator-at-large William Tseng (曾銘宗) said two of the three project objectives outlined by President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) administration — ensuring steady water supplies and preventing flooding — would cost more than NT$220 billion, but the administration has not yet laid out any plans to assess the viability of the objectives. [FULL STORY]