By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Japan-based Marubeni Corporation, mechatronics engineering contractor of the Taoyuan International Airport MRT, will have to pay both fines and damages for repeatedly delaying the opening of the line, Minister of Transportation and Communications Chen Jian-yu said in response to a legislator’s question on Monday.
Kuomintang Legislator John Wu said at the Legislature’s Transportation Committee that the airport MRT line was first scheduled to open in 2009 as the earliest, but the opening has so far been delayed six times, making this country’s public project an international joke. Wu later asked Chen about the fine Marubeni is slapped with for causing the delays.
In response, Chen said that according to the contract, Marubeni will have to pay a fine of about NT$2.5 billion for missing the deadline. In addition to the fine, the MOTC will include the damage claim form the Taoyuan Metro Corp and seek damages from Marubeni, Chen said. [FULL STORY]