NT$60 bil. budgeted for 6-year flood control plan
CNATAIPEI -- The Ministry of Economic Affairs is proposing a NT$60 billion (US$2.04 billion) budget for a six-year flood control plan to take up where the existing NT$80 billion plan, expiring this year, will leave off.
October 18, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
Vice Economics Minister Duh Tyzz-jiun responded Thursday to calls by lawmakers for a progress report, saying that the 2014-2019 flood plan needs approval from the Cabinet, which is expected to hold a meeting on the matter soon.
In 2005, the government set aside NT$80 billion for an 8-year plan to help local governments deal with flooding and landslides in places around the typhoon-prone island. Lawmakers including ruling Kuomintang's Lu Shiow-yen and Yang Chiung-ying are now demanding to see the results of the expensive plan.
Duh promised a comprehensive graphical report, due next month. In the meantime, he told lawmakers that there has been “marked improvement” in some coastal areas of the southern counties Pingtung and Yunlin, which have been plagued by land subsidence and heavy rain.
“In spite of increased rainfall from recent typhoons and storms, Yunlin's coastal areas are no longer stricken with floods,” he said, adding that both the magnitude and duration of floods in Pingtung's coastal areas have been “greatly reduced.”
Before being released, the report will first be presented to the Council for Economic Planning and Development next week, after which it will be forwarded for Cabinet review before Oct. 25, Duh noted.