The vitriol over railway vibrations affecting high-tech manufacturers intensified yesterday with the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp (
Hsieh started early yesterday launching a barrage on the China Broadcasting Corp's (
"Work on the Tainan Science-based Industrial Park (台南科學園區) started in 1996, the high speed rail project wasn't signed until 1998," Hsieh said.
This was a direct response to criticism by Nita Ing (
Hsieh also slammed Taiwan High Speed Rail's refusal to budge on its insistence that vibration from the railway -- which passes close to the park -- cannot be lowered to 48 decibels at 200m, as demanded by the council.
In fact, Hsieh said the council's willingness to accept 48 decibels was a climb down from an earlier level of 36 decibels -- which was the limit set by government planners for the Hsinchu Science-based Industrial Park (
"The company promised it would reduce the decibel level, now it says it can't and even ask why the park was located next to the railway line," Hsieh said, who on Tuesday offered his resignation over the matter.
Eventually all sides agreed in July of 1999 to set 68 decibels as a temporary limit -- which Hsieh stressed was only temporary and could not be called the final limit -- and work together over the next eight months to find a "reasonable and feasible" way to cut the vibration.
Hsieh claimed yesterday that within that period Taiwan High Speed Rail not only rejected the Council's plan to reduce the distance between railway supports from 30m to six, but also rebutted a solution provided by their own engineers that would have slashed 7 decibels from the vibrations.
"Expert evaluation has shown this is the only one way to solve the Tainan problem," Hsieh said. "This plan is fair, workable and has been deemed viable by the cabinet task force on the matter," he said.
Both Taiwan High Speed Rail and the Ministry of Transportation and Communications have rejected the plan as too costly and would result in lengthy delays.
Edward Lin (
"This estimate was drawn from data taken when the Tainan park was just a sugar cane field ... now that the park is open, and with the train passing through it, how can it be possible that the background vibrations should be lower than the original estimates? Is this a question of science or common sense?" he said.
Comparisons between the Hsinchu and Tainan parks over the vibration issue were discounted by Liao Ching-lung (
Liao said that although the railway will also pass within several hundred meters of the Hsinchu park, "the surrounding soil is much more compacted than that around the Tainan park, effectively dampening the vibrations."