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Farglory refuses to revise Taipei Dome project

Farglory refuses to revise Taipei Dome project

Taipei, April 16 (CNA) Farglory Land Development Co., which is contracted by the Taipei city government to build and operate the Taipei Dome, on Thursday rejected the local government's demand for a revision of the project's construction plans. Citing safety hazards, the city government said the contractor must either tear down the half-completed centerpiece arena or demolish the surrounding commercial buildings on the complex. In a report released earlier in the day, the city government said that with the help of computer simulations, it had identified five major safety issues on the project, including insufficient surrounding outdoor space to accommodate 140,000 people -- the capacity of the complex in downtown Taipei -- in the event of an evacuation. But Tang Chia-feng (???), president of Farglory Dome Business Co., said the Taipei Dome is definitely up to international safety standards and the company, therefore, would not accept any of the two options put forward by the city government. In a statement, Farglory Dome Business said it had signed a contract with the city government, which gave the company equal partnership in the project. The company said it will fulfill the terms and conditions of the agreement and carry out the work based on the build-operate-and-transfer (BOT) contractual arrangement and the relevant laws. Under the BOT arrangement, if one party has any questions about the contract or wants a revision of the construction plans, the two sides must employ an impartial third party to handle the matter, the company said. Any unilateral revision of the contract would constitute a breach of contract, it said. Furthermore, Farglory said, the city government has created a conflict of interest situation by employing Japan's Takenaka Corporation to work on the safety assessment of the project. Takenaka had bid for a sub-contact on the Taipei Dome project but Farglory rejected the bid last September, saying it was "unreasonably high." Farglory said that if the city government insists on breaking the contract and implementing the panel's recommendations, Farglory will ask it to buy the dome based on current prices. (By Lo Hsiu-wen and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-18 01:13 GMT+08:00