Thu, Nov 20, 2014 - Page 3 News List

2014 ELECTIONS: Jiang outlines Keelung tourism plan

By Yu Chao-fu, Lin Hsin-han and Lu Hsien Hsiu  /  Staff reporters

Premier Jiang Yi-huah announces that the East No. 5 military port in Keelung will be relocated from the harbor’s east side to its west side in order to boost local development at a press conference in Keelung yesterday.

Photo: CNA

Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) yesterday announced plans to relocate a naval port on Keelung Harbor’s east side to the west to make way for the construction of a commercial wharf and promote tourism in the area.

Accompanied by Minister of Transportation and Communications Yeh Kuang-shih (葉匡時) and Minister of National Defense Yen Ming (嚴明), Jiang told reporters at the East No. 5 military port in Keelung that he hoped plans for the project would be finished by 2017 and construction completed by 2019.

The premier said he hoped the regeneration of Keelung Harbor would make the area “Taiwan’s Baltimore.”

By and large, the project would make the west end of the harbor a freight wharf that also serves as a free-trade pilot zone, while the former site of the East No. 5 port is to be transformed into a commercial wharf to lure upscale hotels and stimulate the transformation of the area into a cultural and creative hub, he said.

Yeh said that the relocation of the naval port to Niouchou Port in the west would put the finishing touch on urban regeneration efforts in Keelung and give it unlimited potential, making it the perfect choice for people who are considering purchasing properties.

Keelung Mayor Chang Tung-rong (張通榮) and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Hsieh Kuo-liang (謝國樑) both expressed their support for the plan, saying that the project proposed more than 20 years ago can finally start.

Meanwhile, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Keelung mayoral candidate Lin Yu-chang (林右昌) thanked the premier for the announcement.

“I hope Premiere Jiang visits Keelung everyday during the 10 days we have left until the elections and make even greater promises,” he said.

“I will go to the Executive Yuan and ask him to deliver after Nov. 29,” he said, expressing his confidence about winning the mayoral race.

Independent candidate Huang Ching-tai (黃景泰) criticized Jiang, saying that he should not make empty promises ahead of the elections, as it would only detract from his credibility.

Huang said that he had long been an advocate of the idea to relocate the naval port to develop the city’s tourism industry.

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