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Farglory announces halt to work on Taipei Dome

Farglory announces halt to work on Taipei Dome

Taipei, May 21 (CNA) Farglory Group announced Thursday that it would halt construction of the Taipei Dome later that day after the Taipei city government ordered work to cease, citing concerns about potential damage to nearby structures, including a historic landmark and the Taipei Metro's Bannan (??) Line, which runs next to the construction site. Farglory received written notice late the previous day from the city government's Department of Urban Development (???), ordering the company to halt work immediately, the company said. Farglory said it has already submitted a plan to improve safety at the construction site in response to the city government's request for such a safety plan. It also denied that there are safety problems regarding the neighboring Songshan Tobacco Plant -- a historical heritage site -- or the metro line. The contractor has been slow to produce a safety plan, which has caused public concern.
The city government has found the Taipei Dome project to be in violation of Article 58 of the Building Act (???), according to the statement. Article 58 states that local authorities can halt construction when it poses harm to public safety, obstruction of public traffic or other risks. The city order came after Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (???) said earlier Wednesday that Farglory has repeatedly failed to provide a clear explanation of how to address risks posed by construction to the metro line and the old tobacco plant. The city government had requested a proposal for improvement by May 18, but Farglory displayed arrogance by replying with just a single page, Ko said. Farglory said it will file a court injunction to prevent the city government from halting work on the project. In response, Ko said Farglory should focus on giving a clear report on ways to improve safety at the site rather than appealing against the city order and seeking a court injunction. (By Wei Shu, Ku Chuan and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-28 22:51 GMT+08:00