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Farglory calls for end to Dome suspension order

Staff writer, with CNA

The Taipei City Government on Tuesday said that it would not rule out any possibilities regarding its contract with Farglory Group (遠雄集團) over the Taipei Dome project.

Taipei City Government spokesman Sydney Lin (林鶴明) made the comments in response to an 18-page document filed by Farglory, which requested the city rescind its work suspension order and allow the company to resume work on the controversial multi-purpose.

Farglory was responding to a June 8 city government demand to propose a “concrete plan within one month to improve public safety and other required matters” over three months for the Dome project or face cancelation of the contract.

As the 30-day deadline approached, Farglory deputy general manager Tsai Chung-i (蔡宗易) said his company has been building the Dome in accordance with the city government-approved architectural design and the city should not have ordered it to suspend construction work.

He asked that the city take back the order and allow Farglory to resume construction work, noting that Farglory is confident that the project would be completed in time for the opening ceremony of the 2017 Summer Universiade, to be hosted by Taipei.

However, Lin said that Farglory is still trying to evade key issues without giving a “concrete” proposal for meeting the city’s demands.

Asked to comment on the city government’s next move to resolve its impasse with Farglory, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-jie (柯文哲) said that the city has never ruled out the possibility of dissolving the contract it signed with the firm.

The city would draft up a solution to the standoff this month after lawyers contracted by the city finish reviewing Farglory’s reply, he added.

Additional reporting by Sean Lin

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