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Affordable housing projects in Greater Taipei ruled out for now
Central News Agency
2014-06-01 09:17 PM
Taipei, June 1 (CNA) Interior Minister Chen Wei-zen said Sunday the government's housing policy will not be revised because of a corruption scandal allegedly involving a former deputy county chief, but there will be no construction of affordable homes in the Greater Taipei area any time soon. In a statement, Chen said the housing policy will continue to be implemented in various ways, for example, with the construction of affordable housing in areas other than Greater Taipei, the building of "for-lease-only" social residential complexes, and provision of home rental subsidies. In Taipei and New Taipei cities, however, the interior ministry will put a hold on plans to build affordable housing units in the near future because of difficulties finding suitable land, Chen said. Nevertheless, the ministry will focus on promoting the construction of "for-lease-only" social housing complexes in the two cities, which would require smaller land areas, Chen said. In other cities and counties, Chen said, the ministry will not be opposed to any affordable housing projects that are necessary, in line with the government's housing policy. The issue of the government's affordable housing policy has been in the spotlight since a scandal erupted last week about alleged corruption on one such project in Taoyuan County. On May 30, Taoyuan County Deputy Magistrate Yeh Shih-wen was relieved of his post after prosecutors launched an invstigation into allegations that he had accepted a NT$16 million (US$532,446) bribe from Farglory Group Chairman Chao Teng-hsiung to help the company secure a tender in April for an affordable housing project in the northern Taiwan county. (By Tang Pei-chun and Elizabeth Hsu)
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