Thu, May 04, 2006 - Page 3 News List

CPA head to step down over premier's sewer policy

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Construction and Planning Agency (CPA) Director-General Chen Kuang-hsiung (陳光雄) yesterday confirmed that he would resign over Premier Su Tseng-chang's (蘇貞昌) policies on urban renewal and the construction of new sewer systems.

"It's 100 percent certain that I will step down," Chen said yesterday during a meeting of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislative caucus to discuss the feasibility of the sewer and urban renewal plans.

The KMT caucus had asked Chen to attend the meeting to explain why the sewer system construction project was still in progress despite a legislative resolution freezing the budget for the construction program.

Chen told the legislators that, although the CPA's initial urban renewal plan allowed three years to assign contracts for the planned urban renewal projects, Su had asked the agency to sign 10 contracts within one year.

"I told Su that his demand to speed up the renewal plan was unreasonable, and he was very unhappy about this," Chen said.

He added that he had urged the Cabinet to halt the build-operate-transfer (BOT) program for the upgrading of sewage systems after the legislature passed the resolution against it, but Su disregarded his advice, Chen added.

Cabinet Spokesman Cheng Wen-tsang (鄭文燦) yesterday denied reports that Su had asked Chen to resign.

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