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Su backs river dredge plan

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Premier Su Tseng-chang inspects the dredging of Tachia River in Taichung County yesterday.

PHOTO: WANG YI-SUNG, TAIPEI TIMES

Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday voiced his support for Taichung County Commissioner Huang Chung-sheng's (黃仲生) proposal to dredge the Tachia and Ta-an Rivers, and then sell the accumulated silt and gravel to interested buyers.

Huang suggested the idea to the premier when Su visited Miaoli and Taichung Counties yesterday. Huang said the suggestion could help the county government with its financial problems -- he said that the county was currently "dead broke."

COMPLAINT

Huang complained to the premier that the county government has been "dead broke" for a while now. While the county government has been planning to dredge the two rivers, which flood regularly, he asked the premier if he would approve the request to sell the gravel that will be collected through the dredging process.

The material could be used by local firms in the production of cement, he said.

"Dredging the rivers to prevent future floods is our main goal," Su said. "However, if we can make good use of the gravel that will be collected through the dredging process, I will be more than happy to approve the request."

Huang's proposal was also seconded by Water Resources Agency Director-General Chen Shen-hsien (陳伸賢).

Chen said the proposal would not only help solve Taichung County's financial problems, but would also help stabilize the price of gravel, which is always in demand by local cement factories.

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