72 rarely used public facilities revived


TAIPEI, CNA

The Public Construction Commission under the Executive Yuan has brought to life 72 idle public facilities which were built at NT$15.9 billion (US$480.36 million) in total, a commission official said Saturday. The Executive Yuan listed a total of 152 rarely used or idle public facilities with a combined construction coast of NT$47.4 billion from September 2005 to August 2007, to be included in the reviving program, the official said.

The commission has asked relevant authorities to work on another 80 listed projects, including 40 rarely used facilities worth about NT$22 billion for restoration to use and other 40 utterly idle facilities with a total construction cost of NT$9.5 billion.

The listed 152 public facilities cover buildings for 15 different functions, such as parking, cultural exhibitions, sightseeing and recreation, social welfare and sports. Some 50 cases are parking lots, followed by 17 cultural museums and 12 gymnasiums.

According to the official, idle public facilities are usually the result of improper public policies, unpragmatic campaign promises, lack of expenditure, environmental changes, poor management and incomplete administrative procedures.

In an effort to stop more public facilities becoming idle, the commission has set up rules requiring the authorities to reconfirm the need for building new facilities and evaluate before approving construction projects.

They should also prevent procrastination and shorten the time of administrative procedure for projects in construction, as well as adjust business plans according to changes of policies and environments for projects in operation, the official added.