Taipei, Taipei City Government won its appeal against a Taipei High Administrative Court ruling allowing Farglory Group to continue safety related construction work on the Taipei Dome project, as detailed in a judgment by the Supreme Administrative Court on Tuesday.
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je said Wednesday that the Tuesday's verdict, which is final, was not a surprise and the contractor can resume construction work as long as it successfully re-applies for a building permit.
Farglory Group spokesman Yang Shun-chin said the same day that Farglory will seek to complete the project by applying for a building permit based on its modified design plans.
On May 20, 2015, the city government ordered a halt to all construction on the Taipei Dome, after accusing Farglory of violating safety standards and making unauthorized changes.
Farglory then applied for a court injunction to have the city government's order suspended before it appealed the order the same year.
In July 2016, the Taipei High Administrative Court granted the injunction, but only allowed safety related work to continue.
Following the initial suspension of the dome project, the groundwater level at the site rose, causing corrosion in many parts of the project, the court said.
If a strong typhoon or earthquake were to occur, it could create public safety concerns, according to the court.
In September 2017, the court heard the appeal against Taipei City Government's work suspension order, confirming that Farglory would be allowed to continue work on parts of the structure necessary to ensure public safety.
The suspension of work was disproportionate and unnecessary, said the verdict, which Taipei City Government appealed that same year.
On Tuesday the Supreme Administrative Court overturned the lower court decision, ruling that the city government has the legal authority to halt all construction on the project.
Farglory Group won a build, operate, transfer (BOT) contract for the dome project in 2006.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel