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Farglory to be punished if Dome delayed

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) yesterday stated that should Farglory Land Development Co. breach contract and delay the construction of the Taipei Dome, the company will be subjected to the severest punishment allowed by the law.

In light of the recent bribery scandal surrounding Farglory Chairman Chao Teng-hsiung (趙藤雄), questions have been raised concerning the construction of the Taipei Dome. Most importantly, questions regarding the construction schedule have been under the spotlight.

The original due date for the dome was set to be the end of June this year. The date was later pushed to mid-August, and it was recently reported that Farglory proposed an additional delay to the project of 882 days as a result of slow progress.

During an interview with press yesterday, Hau responded to the concerns stating that the proposal for the project delay has been denied by the Taipei City Government. However, the city government is open to extending the project delivery date should Farglory submit a more logical plan for the delay as well as a detailed project analysis.

As the Dome has been scheduled to be the venue of the 2017 Taipei Summer Universiade, the quality and safety of the dome shall not be taken lightly, said Hau. The importance of the dome's completion is also the reason why the project is under a monthly progress review, supervised by high-ranking Taipei City Government officials. The mayor went on to reassure the general public on the Dome's construction, stating that the completion date of the project will be no later than early 2016.

Hau Responds to Scandal Concerns

In response to concerns that have arisen over Farglory projects following the bribery scandal, Hau stated that as the Dome is a sports facility and the city government has imposed a 50 year time limit on the land rights for the construction company. As such, exchanges of benefits are very difficult, unlike with the housing project that is the center of the bribery scandal.

Regarding the joint investigation conducted between the Shi-Lin District Prosecutors Office and the Agency Against Corruption on the New Construction Office of the Taipei City Government, Hau stressed that honesty and incorruptibility are the core requirements of any Taipei City Government official. Any violation of professional ethics will be handled by authorities without exception, Hau said.

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