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NT$400 million to fix Dome rust: Farglory

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The latest inspection of the unfinished Taipei Dome found that half of its 2 million component parts were rusted, according to a statement from Farglory Group (遠雄集團) on Thursday.

Taipei City Councilors Li-Keng Kuei Fong (厲耿桂芳) and Chung Hsiao-ping (鐘小平) visited the Dome Thursday, while Farglory inspected the structure via a drone.

Both parties found substantial levels of rusting that, according to architect Chuang Chin-sheng (莊金生), will affect the overall safety of the arena unless reinforcements are added.

Farglory's deputy general manager and spokesman Jacky Yang (楊舜欽) said it would cost NT$400 million (US$13.15 million) to remove the rust.

The costly problem, which Yang attributed to the fact that construction of the dome had been suspended for over a year, would take eights months to address, according to Farglory.

Local media reported that while the Taipei City Government has approved 14 of Farglory's petitions to resume partial construction, the company was still a long way from being granted permission to completely resume construction of the stadium.

Even if the government allowed Farglory to resume its operations, it would reportedly take another 22 months to complete the dome.

Money Down the Drain

According to Farglory's calculations, the total price of the Taipei Dome project is NT$3 billion.

This includes the NT$400 million that would be needed to remove the rust from the dome as well as the NT$40 billion that the company has reportedly already lost on the construction project.

The Taipei government reportedly wanted to buy back Taipei Dome for NT$37 billion last year, a plan that remains possible according to comments Tuesday by Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲).

Ko told reporters that he would go along with Taipei residents if they voted via the newest version of the city's i-Voting system to buy back the Dome.

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