Taipei, Implementation of the second phase of the government's crown-jewel forward-looking infrastructure development plan was ahead of schedule in the first quarter of this year due to the intensive efforts in rail transportation, water improvement and green energy development, the National Development Council (NDC) said on Friday.
In a statement, the NDC said the budget for the first quarter under the second stage of the infrastructure development plan was originally set for NT$11.72 billion (US$379 million), but the government spent NT$12.74 billion in the three months to move the implementation ahead of schedule.
The Legislative Yuan passed the Special Budget Statute for Forward-Looking Infrastructure in July 2017 to allow the Cabinet to spend up to NT$420 billion over the next four years on national infrastructure.
The plan covers a wide range of projects, including rail transport construction, water improvement, green energy development, digital development, urban and rural development, child care environment improvement, and food safety improvement.
The program aims to build infrastructure the country needs for its development over the next 30 years.
With the first stage of the plan set for 2017-2018, the lawmakers approved a special budget worth NT$107.07 billion, and about 92.4 percent of the budget was spent.
Lawmakers approved an additional NT$222.95 billion in a special budget for the second phase for the period of 2019-2020, including the NT$11.72 billion previously planned for the first quarter of this year.
During the January-March period, the government's rail transportation projects included the Sanxia-Yingge section of the Taipei Metro circular line, improvement for the Chenggong-Zhuifen section located in Taichung under the Taiwan Railway system, and the Danhai Light Rail Transit system in New Taipei City, the NDC said.
As for water improvement, the government's efforts included acceleration in construction of a silt-prevention tunnel for the Amuping Reservoir in Taoyuan, an expansion of tap water supply to some areas where no tap water had been available, an improvement in wafer supply in offshore islands, and water treatment improvement in the outlying Lienchiang County, the NDC said.
The efforts to supply tap water under the infrastructure program benefited 28,076 households during the period of 2017-2018, and an additional 10,206 households will become beneficiaries in 2019, the NDC said.
At a time when the government is gearing up to develop renewable energy in Taiwan, construction of the new facilities in the pilot green energy development park located in Tainan City was completed in March, the NDC said.
In addition, the government continued its efforts in the three months to build infrastructure for a low carbon emission environment in Taiwan, the NDC said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel