Fri, Dec 03, 2010 - Page 3 News List

Hau forges ahead with housing plan

By Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff reporter

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin, left, sits in one of the new Eyes of Maokong Gondola glass-bottomed cars as he takes a ride on the gondola.

Photo: CNA

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) yesterday promised to carry out his campaign promises in his second term by building public housing units and urban renewal projects that will make Taipei a more affordable and beautiful city.

Hau won re-election in last Saturday’s special municipality elections and will be sworn in on Dec. 25.

Discussing his plans for the second term with the press, Hau promised to make good on all his campaign promises, prioritizing the efforts in building affordable public housing units downtown for young people and disadvantaged families.

“We are trying to change the perception of public housing that it is always of poor quality ... The public housing units in Taipei will offer a high-quality living environment for residents,” he said.

The Hau administration’s plan to build rental apartments in one of the city’s most expensive areas, on the intersection of Renai Road and Jianguo S Road, sparked disputes and the Cabinet has shown little support for the project, saying that the plan had not been agreed upon and that the location in Da-an (大安) District was inappropriate.

Hau said he would boost efforts to publicize municipal policies so that Taipei residents would have a better understanding of his administration’s dedication.

“We didn’t do a good job promoting our municipal projects before and the public’s lack of understanding made it difficult for us to push the projects. We will enhance our communication efforts the future,” he said.

When asked about a possible reshuffle of his team, Hau said he would make an announcement before Dec. 25, declining to say if former deputy mayor Lee Yong-ping (李永萍) would be reappointed.

Lee resigned on Sept. 13 amid the controversy over the Xinsheng Overpass reconstruction project, in which the city was overcharged for construction materials.

Hau will also have to find a replacement for Taipei Deputy Mayor Lin Chien-yuan (林建元), who is returning to academia.

Department of Transportation Commissioner Luo Shiaw-shyan (羅孝賢) and the head of the Department of Urban Development, Ding Yuh-chyurn (丁育群), are also rumored to be leaving their posts.

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