Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) instructed relevant government agencies yesterday to finalize plans at the earliest possible date for the redevelopment of Chung Hsing New Village in Nantou County, the seat of the now marginalized Taiwan Provincial Government.
Su called for the Public Construction Commission (PCC) -- the main agency in charge of planning -- not to procrastinate further and come up with concrete plans as soon as possible to prevent the site of the former provincial government from becoming further dilapidated.
The premier made the remarks on a visit to an office of the Taiwan Provincial Government located in Chung Hsing New Village, which has become a run-down complex following the downsizing of the provincial government in 1997.
Su, who served as a provincial assemblyman, said he had mixed feelings viewing the old complex, which was once the "heart of Taiwan" with a garden-like environment full of activity.
Su said he believed the PCC has had difficulties finalizing redevelopment plans due to conflicting suggestions regarding the fate of the complex, including suggestions to convert it into a hub for non-governmental organizations, an international convention and tourist center, a college town, a biotechnology industry park, a software processing zone, a cultural and art park and even the site for a relocation of the capital.
During a meeting with Nantou County Commissioner Lee Chao-ching (李朝卿), Su received a petition from Nantou residents asking the government to consider relocating the capital from Taipei since the former provincial government seat "has an ideal central location, a good climate and convenient transportation."
Su said that relocating the capital to Chung Hsing New Village would not help solve the problems that it now faces.