By: L.Y. Huang and Lillian Lin
Taipei, Sept. 18 (CNA) Residents of Shezi, a 290-hectare sandbar at the confluence of the
Keelung River and Tamsui River in Taipei, will decide the peninsula’s future course of development in a vote on Dec. 12, with voters able to cast ballots or vote online.
Taipei Deputy Mayor Lin Chin-jung (林欽榮) said Friday that since it will be the first plebiscite held in Taipei, the city government will brief local residents twice in October on the three different development plans they can choose from and the methods of voting.
Due to Shezi’s geology and the threat of flooding, construction of new buildings has been banned there since 1970 and basic infrastructure, including electricity and water supply systems, has lagged far behind other parts of the city.
The city has made many promises since the 1990s to build landfills and dyke walls, enable residents to renovate their houses and give them better access to electricity and running water. [FULL STORY]