Taoyuan to ask for help on Aerotropolis project land acquisition
Central News Agency
2014-05-02 11:07 PM
Taipei, May 2 (CNA) Taoyuan County will ask the Interior Minister to include river areas among the land that needs to be expropriated for the Taoyuan Aerotropolis project, County Magistrate Wu Chih-yang said Friday. In Taiwan, local governments are responsible for expropriating land for major infrastructure projects, but river areas tend to fall under the jurisdiction of the central government, potentially presenting a problem for the county as it prepares for the ambitious project. Asked on a radio show how the county would satisfy the interests of land owners in river areas, Wu said Taoyuan will propose including the river land within the scope of the expropriation plan. According to Wu, 40 hectares of private land bordering four rivers and 21 ponds are involved. Envisioning a sustainable water cycle design and water-friendly environment for the Aerotropolis, Wu said the county plans to submit the proposal when the Interior Ministry begins urban planning reviews of the project so that authorities can start work on land expropriation and begin assessing above-ground objects. The county estimates that 8,000 households will need to be relocated in all to make way for the project, but Wu was confident Taoyuan could avoid the acrimony seen in other parts of Taiwan. He insisted that the residents' interests will be protected by making sure their new homes will be ready before they are moved and relocating villages one at a time. During the radio interview, Wu also discussed how the Aerotropolis will be positioned in a region that already has major aviation hubs. The county chief said Taiwan's geographic location is superior to that of Hong Kong and Singapore, and the Aerotropolis development will highlight that advantage while helping local industries upgrade their operations. The project hopes to encourage local industries to evolve into into technical, research and development, and intellectual property centers and create opportunities for multinational service providers, including exhibition and entertainment companies, venture capitalists and legal and accounting firms, Wu said. An estimated NT$500 billion (US$16.57 billion) will be invested in the the Aerotropolis project, which will create 300,000 jobs and NT$2.3 trillion in economic activity. (By Chiu Chun-chin and Evelyn Kao)
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