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Taichung mayor denies rushing MRT construction work

Taichung mayor denies rushing MRT construction work

Taipei, April 11 (CNA) Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (???) on Saturday rejected speculations that a fatal accident at a construction site of the Taichung Mass Rapid Transit system the previous day had occurred because the contractor was rushing the work. The accident occurred on an elevated section of the Taichung MRT's Green Line Thursday afternoon, when a 43-meter-long, 209-metric ton steel girder fell from a height of about three stories onto a busy road, killing four people and injuring another four. Some media reports have linked the accident to Lin's request that the Green Line be completed in 2018, two years ahead of schedule. Lin, who was in South Korea at the time of the accident, cut short his visit and returned home early Saturday. Commenting on the news reports, he said he had not asked the contractor to "rush the construction work." The mayor said he hopes the MRT project can be completed in 2018, but not at the expense of construction site safety. The accident obviously resulted from human error, Lin said, but he promised that the city government will do its duty and launch an investigation into the matter. The construction of the 16.7-km Green Line, which began in 2009, is 60-percent complete. The Taipei City Department of Rapid Transit Systems (DORTS), which is responsible for the construction of the Green Line in Taichung, said Saturday that the construction work will be suspended until prosecutors complete their investigation into the incident. Wang Yi-chuan (???), director-general of Taichung's Transportation Bureau, said the DORTS and the contractor will need to explain why the construction work was being done during the daytime, instead of at night, as was agreed. Another question that needs to be addressed is what traffic control measures were in place at the time of the accident, Wang said. (By Liao Jen-kai, Hao Hsueh-chin and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-22 09:34 GMT+08:00