By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) confirmed that
residents in the offshore island of Penghu will be eligible to apply for aviation noise control subsidy in cash beginning next year, reports said Monday.
Each household will likely receive NT$10,000 (US$333) of annual subsidy, according to the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA).
Subsidy allocation has been put into practice for the past 10 years, but it usually came in the form of soundproofing equipment or noise reduction insulation for household residents needing such installations. However, the soon-to-be-implemented subsidy program next year will instead be paid in cash to residents living in the specified areas around the Makung Airport in Penghu.
The civil administration estimated that the stipend will go to more than 1,000 eligible households, totaling NT$20 million (US$667,000) in aviation noise control fund – including the 20 percent subsidy allocated to schools in Penghu. [FULL STORY]