Fri, May 10, 2013 - Page 3 News List

Ministry gets flak over Airport Rail

TOUGH TALK:The transportation minister should also step down over the fiasco, lawmakers said, but he said he had questioned the bidding process from the start

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

Separately yesterday, Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) said during the weekly Cabinet meeting that the delay in the launch of the Airport Rail has hampered the development of the country, and eroded public confidence and trust in the government.

Each and every government agency has to draw a lesson from this case and do its best to avoid making the same mistake — one that would have a negative impact on people’s lives and damage the government’s image, Jiang said.

Jiang suggested that Cabinet members establish a task force to supervise the status of major construction projects being undertaken by their subordinate agencies every two months, as he has done when he was minister of the interior.

All government agencies should set their construction plans in motion with the aim of completing projects earlier and stimulating economic growth, he said.

Additional reporting by Shih Hsiu-chuan

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