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Agencies plan to relocate

SINJHUANG During a question-and-answer session, Premier Su Tseng-chang said that some government agencies would be moved to Sinjhuang in Taipei County

STAFF WRITER

Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said yesterday that some government agencies would be moved to Sinjhuang (新莊) in Taipei County.

He made the comment during a question-and-answer session at the legislature.

Over the past two months, the Cabinet has been studying the feasibility of establishing a second "Joint Central Government Office Building" in Sinjhuang.

The Construction and Planning Agency (CPA) of the Ministry of the Interior has been charged with overseeing construction of the building and it has budgeted NT$20 million (US$604,000) to plan the project.

Planning is expected to be completed by the end of the year, after which construction will begin at a cost of NT$6 billion to NT$7 billion.

Meanwhile, Minister of the Interior Lee Yi-yang (李逸洋) told the legislature yesterday that his ministry was initially planning to move five agencies -- the Council of Labor Affairs, the Department of Health, the Council of Hakka Affairs, the Council of Indigenous Peoples and the Public Construction Commission -- to Sinjhuang.

The government believes that relocating these five agencies will attract more people to Sinjhuang and stimulate consumer spending in the area.

Chang Pang-hsi (張邦熙), head of the Taipei County's Urban and Rural Development Bureau, said that if the relocation goes well, it would help boost development in Linkou (林口), Taishan (泰山), Bali (八里) and Wugu (五股).

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