Yilan railway still a possibility

IGNOREDEast coast residents are environmentally aware and the Feitsui Reservoir would have been worse without the construction of the Hsuehshan Tunnel, lawmaker Chen Ou-po said

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 28, 2017
By: Shelley Shan / Staff reporter

The government would create a budget for a direct railway line connecting Taipei and

Minister of Transportation and Communications Hochen Tan responds to questions from lawmakers yesterday at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei. Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Times

Yilan County if the project passes an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Committee and other agencies, Minister of Transportation and Communications Hochen Tan (賀陳旦) said yesterday.

Hochen told the legislature’s Transportation Committee that about half of the NT$880 billion (US$29 billion) for the “Forward-Looking Infrastructure Construction Project,” has been allocated to railway-related projects.

The Cabinet listed 38 projects for cities and counties governed by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), but a direct Taipei-Yilan railway line proposed by lawmakers representing Yilan County was excluded from the list.

DPP Legislator Chen Ou-po (陳歐珀), who recently announced his bid to run for Yilan County commissioner, criticized the government for its ignorance of the needs of the county’s residents, first by former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) “i-Taiwan” 12 Infrastructure Projects and now by President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) proposal.

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