Wed, Dec 12, 2012 - Page 5 News List

Taoyuan plan sparks relocation fears

By Lee Jung-ping and Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Yang Chuan-chu (楊全居), mayor of Kengkou Village (坑口) in Lujhu Township, said the law stipulates that residents may only apply for permits to build farm housing once and so many farmers in his village are worried that once their farm residences are torn down, they will not have the right to apply again to build new ones.

“The government should make special allowances in these cases, as it did during the Taiwan High-Speed Railway construction project, so that villagers can rebuild their houses somewhere else,” Yang said.

Urban and Rural Development Bureau head Wu Chi-min (吳啟民) said that if the views and opinions expressed by the residents are reasonable and justified, the Taoyuan County Government will champion their demands to the central government so the project can be a win-win situation for both the developers and the township residents.

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