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Control Yuan set to probe aerotropolis land acquisitions in Taoyuan amid row

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Control Yuan, the government's highest watchdog body, will open a probe into a row over proposed land acquisitions needed for the construction of an aerotropolis in Taoyuan County.

The Control Yuan issued a statement yesterday indicating that the land acquisition proposal accompanying the Taoyuan Aerotropolis project allegedly violates an urban planning law.

Plans for the aerotropolis specify the acquisition of over 3,000 hectares of land for constructing new facilities at Taoyuan International Airport, including a new terminal.

The watchdog body pointed out that the planning, design and environmental assessment for a third runway at the airport will only start in 2022, but the transportation ministry is eager to start the land acquisition process in 2016 and complete it by 2019.

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