Premier outlines infrastructure plans

Premier Lin Chuan has outlined plans for a series of major infrastructure projects. The plans form part of the government's five-point infrastructure program, which will include improvements to the country's transport network and ten large-scale projects.

On Thursday, Lin said that over NT$424 billion (US$14 billion) of the funding set aside for rail transport over the next four years will go into the infrastructure project. The 38 projects planned include work on metro systems in the cities of Kaohsiung and Taoyuan.

Other major projects slated for the next four years include work to improve the availability of parking spaces and road quality. The total budget allocated for the ten projects will amount to over NT$137 billion (US$4.5 billion).

In response to critics' claims that the projects are meant to win votes in local elections next year, Lin said that the government's investment in infrastructure is for national development.

Source: Radio Taiwan International