De­mo­li­tion dead­line for Villa 32 post­poned by Taipei

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY ENRU LIN

The Taipei City Gov­ern­ment yes­ter­day ex­tended its de­mo­li­tion dead­line for Villa 32 ( ) to May 15, cit­ing a pos­i­tive ef­fort from pro­pri­etors to im­ple­ment or­ders from of­fi­cials.

Ex­ten­sions to Villa 32, a hot­spring re­sort in Beitou Dis­trict (

), were de­clared il­le­gal by the Taipei City Gov­ern­ment ear­lier this month. Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (

) said the re­sort must re­move its il­le­gal struc­tures by April 28 or face forced de­mo­li­tion the next day.

Yes­ter­day, on the day of the dead­line’s ex­pi­ra­tion, Taipei City Gov­ern­ment’s Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment Of­fice ( ) said it had ap­proved an ex­ten­sion to May 15.

Re­sort op­er­a­tors have taken proac­tive steps to meet the city’s or­ders, hir­ing a 20-per­son de­mo­li­tion team and sub­mit­ting a de­tailed plan of ac­tion that is sched­uled for com­ple­tion by May 20, ac­cord­ing to the depart­ment.

The lo­cal gov­ern­ment said it has ap­proved an ex­tended dead­line of May 15 and will mon­i­tor the progress of the pro­posed de­mo­li­tion.

Five Struc­tures

Early in April, the Taipei City Gov­ern­ment said it has con­firmed five unau­tho­rized add-ons at Villa 32, in­clud­ing a pav­il­ion and a third floor of rooms equipped with hot-spring fa­cil­i­ties.

The an­nounce­ment came in the wake of a scan­dal in­volv­ing an unau­tho­rized visit by civil­ians to view Apache he­li­copters on a mil­i­tary avi­a­tion base.

The wife of Lt. Col. Lao Naicheng ( ), who was caught at the heart of the Apache he­li­copter scan­dal, sits on the Villa 32 board of di­rec­tors.

Re­ports of the villa’s il­le­gal ad­dons date back to 2005 but were slow to pro­duce gov­ern­ment ac­tion due to an un­named city coun­cilor’s in­flu­ence, ac­cord­ing to the Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment Of­fice.

Ko has pledged to pub­li­cize names of city coun­cilors who in- ter­fere with his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s ef­forts against il­le­gal con­struc­tion.

Big Brother

Also yes­ter­day, Ko said he has “made up his mind” on us­ing sur­veil­lance cam­eras to crack down on park­ing vi­o­la­tions.

Ear­lier this week, Ko an­nounced a plan to use video cam­eras at se­lect lo­ca­tions in Taipei to doc­u­ment and pre­vent il­le­gal park­ing. The Lib­erty Times yes­ter­day pub­lished a let­ter by a judge who likened the city gov­ern­ment to Big Brother.

Chien Chien- jung ( ), a judge at the Taoyuan Dis­trict Court, charged the city gov­ern­ment with a long-stand­ing dis­re­gard for pri­vacy pro­tec­tion.

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