Fri, Sep 11, 2009 - Page 2 News List

PCC and Taipei City Government cited by Control Yuan

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Control Yuan issued corrective measures against the Public Construction Commission (PCC) and the Taipei City Government yesterday in connection with the construction of the Taipei Dome Complex.

The complex will occupy about 18 hectares on the former site of the Song Shan Tobacco Factory in Xinyi District (信義).

It will feature an indoor 40,000-seat stadium, hotels, department stores, a shopping center and an office building.

Control Yuan member Huang Huang-hsiung (黃煌雄) told a press conference that the Public Construction Commission had infringed upon the authority of the Taipei City Government by annulling decisions about the construction made by a city review commission on three separate occasions.

The city government was forced to make major changes to its construction plan after its initial reviews were rejected by the commission, Huang said.

The city government itself, however, was charged with failing to refer the revised construction plan to its review commission for approval, a violation of the Act for Promotion of Private Participation in Infrastructure Projects (促進民間參與公共建設法), Huang said.

Meanwhile, the Control Yuan also demanded the Sports Affairs Council standardize the criteria used in issuing swimming coach and lifeguard certificates to ensure the quality of the qualifications was standardized.

The council, which is the regulatory authority for swimming pool operators, was charged with dereliction of duty by the government watchdog for failing to establish specific measures to govern the certificates.

Control Yuan members Cheng Jen-hung (程仁宏) and Huang Wu-tzu (黃武次) investigated the issue and found that the certificates were issued by different agencies that didn’t follow the same standards.

“The Sports Affairs Council is required by the National Sports Act (國民體育法), passed in 2000, to promulgate standards for the certificates, but no such criteria has been established in the past nine years,” Cheng said.

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