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Taiwan Tower project probed on suspicion of corruption

Taiwan Tower project probed on suspicion of corruption

Taipei, Feb. 26 (CNA) Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (???) on Thursday referred the Taiwan Tower project to the Agency Against Corruption for investigation. Lin said that the project, initiated by his predecessor Jason Hu (???), involves several suspected irregularities, including a possibly illegal bidding process and a lack of budget control. The project's budget has been changed four times and the cost of the building's steelwork is excessively high, according to the mayor. Lin previously announced his decision to suspend the project Jan. 19, citing concerns over safety and a proposed ballooning of its NT$8 billion (US$254.7 million) budget to NT$15 billion. In response to the allegations, Lin Cheng-chung, whip of the ruling Kuomintang caucus in the Taichung city council, said most of the problems mentioned by the mayor have been discussed previously by the city council. He said Hu did not approve the proposed budget increase and accused Lin Chia-lung of smearing his predecessor. The planned 318-meter building had been intended to be a landmark for the central city. Designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, who won an international competition in 2011 to draw up plans for the building, Taiwan Tower's ornate steel structure is inspired by the trunk of a banyan tree. The tower is to be built on a 4.4 hectare-plot and is billed as "the Taiwanese version of the Eiffel Tower." If completed, it will be home to an observation platform, restaurants and environmental quality monitoring stations, according to the city government. Construction has yet to begin on the project, planned for the Taichung Gateway economic and trade park. (By Hao Hsueh-chin and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-28 22:08 GMT+08:00