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No expansion of Shida Night Market: Taipei mayor

No expansion of Shida Night Market: Taipei mayor

Taipei, Nov. 7 (CNA) Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin announced Monday that no further expansion of the Shida Night Market, one of Taipei's busiest tourist attractions, will be permitted, in a bid a protect the rights of residents there. In addition to the expansion ban, Hau also instructed related agencies to impose tight management on existing businesses in the area and to conduct strict screening for new business applications. Hau's decision came after strong opposition from area residents who accused the businesses of damaging their quality of life and went so far as to stage a demonstration Oct. 26, a typical busy Wednesday for the bustling night market, famous for its eateries, shops and vendors. Hau said that problems, including noise, unpleasant odors from the restaurants and public safety are violating the rights of the people who live there and he told officials to enforce regular inspections and conduct random checks in the area. Taipei city government spokesman Chang Chi-chiang said the local police precinct will also be told to make more efforts to enforce the ban on illegal street vendors. Chang also noted that of the some 647 registered businesses in the night market, the city government has received complaints against a whopping 506 of them. According to the Taipei National Tax Administration, tax revenues from the night market near National Taiwan Normal University totaled NT$12.3 billion (US$408.6 million) in 2009, rising to NT$14.7 billion last year. (By Johnson Sun and Jamie Wang)


Updated : 2021-06-17 17:58 GMT+08:00