PCC to revive 24 more idle public facilities


TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Executive Yuan’s Public Construction Commission (PCC) will revive by the end of this year an additional 24 public facilities built at a cost of NT$7 billion (US$212.57 million) but standing idle, a commission official said yesterday.

The PCC has already finished reviving 72 idle public buildings with a combined construction cost of NT$15.9 billion, the official said.

The PCC listed a total of 152 rarely used or idle facilities nationwide between September 2005 and August 2007 to be included in the revival program.

The 152 facilities include buildings with 15 functions, such as parking lots, cultural exhibition areas, sightseeing and recreation facilities, social welfare buildings, and sports facilities, most of which were built between 1991 and 2001, the official said, adding that some 50 are parking lots, followed by 17 cultural facilities.

In an effort to stop more public facilities falling into disuse, the commission has set up rules requiring the authorities to reconfirm the need for building new facilities and carry out evaluations before approving new construction projects, the official said.