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The County Government undertook a preliminary evaluation on plans put forward by Townships to secure funding from the Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program for water environment improvement

The County Government undertook a preliminary evaluation on plans put forward by Townships to secure funding from the Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program for water environment improvement

Reporter: Wong Wei-Jhih / County Government

Yesterday, Kinmen County Government held the Kinmen region’s “national water environment improvement program” preliminary evaluation meeting. Magistrate Chen Fu-Hai stated openly that the purpose of this meeting is to secure the funding from the central government. Government units are supposed to bring forward comprehensive plans. With clear pictures provided, the central government would understand the local needs more clearly. He hoped that the central government would provide funds for those attainable projects. As Premier Lin Chuan stated, it is a shame if the government fails to provide effective drainage systems and flood controls.

This preliminary evaluation meeting was conducted at the Fourth Conference Room of Kinmen County Hall at 9 a.m. yesterday. Magistrate Chen Fu-Hai and Deputy Magistrate Wu Cherng-Dean presided over the meeting in turn. Attendees included the review commissioners Jhang Yi-Min, Jhang Yun-Yu, and Liou Hua-Yue, officials of the Water Resources Agency, the Construction and Planning Agency, and the 8th River Management Office, Public Works Department Director Jhang Jhong-Min, officers of different departments of the County Government and representatives of the Townships.

During the presentation, the Kinmen County Public Works Department indicated that this project originated from the Special Act for Forward-Looking Infrastructure, which passed its third and final reading at the Legislative Yuan this July. There are three main focuses on the water infrastructure development project: water and development, water and safety, and water and environment. The project will last 8 years, from 2017 to 2024. The project will be funded by the central government and local governments. The water and environment program will have NT$28 billion funded by the central government. Among this amount, NT$6 billion are allocated for the period between 2017 and 2018. The local governments are required to include the funds for the projects they bring forward. The amount of the funds included shall be determined according to the ratios specified by the central government.

This project aims to provide quality living environments and pleasant waterfront spaces, connect aquatic environments with terrestrial environments, encourage local cultural and recreational development, improve water quality and increase biodiversity. In regard to the strategy, the surrounding landscapes and aquatic environments will also be taken into consideration to improve the overall environment. Moreover, an inter-departmental taskforce will be established to coordinate with different departments. The administration will also review the plans and select the most comprehensive and beneficial ones and the departments will execute these plans with combined resources.

The scope of the project includes rivers, drainage systems, creeks, shores, detention ponds, fishery harbors, aquaculture areas, and their surroundings. The water environment will be the primary focus while facilities will be the secondary focus. The project involves waterfront space development, sewage interception and treatment, surrounding landscape facilities, unique recreational landscapes, environmental education, and ecological inspections.

The proposals put forward by townships are plans we wished to fulfill in the past decades but, due to the lack of time, couldn’t, stated Chen Fu-Hai. He expressed his wish that both Taiwan and China would help develop Kinmen and give Kinmen more opportunities. Any resources allocated to Kinmen will be utilized effectively. He also welcomed the commissioners to advise on the principles for proposals and promised to endeavor to keep revising and improve the inadequate proposals.

The Public Works Department indicated that Kinmen region’s “national water environment improvement” program has received 14 proposals from townships, among which 10 are about regional drainage systems, 3 are about farmland and other drainage systems, and 1 is about water scenery. The total budget is NT$1.049 billion and NT$515 million is allocated for the first term.

The first series of projects are required to be submitted before August 31st, stated the Public Works Department. Five principles are applied for the proposals to be considered: 1. No land issues are involved. 2. The proposals are in line with the subsidization rules. 3. The expected outcomes are summarized in the proposals. 4. The projects could be completed by the end of 2018, provided they are outsourced by the end of 2017. 5. Public meetings must be held. Department officers, experts, and scholars should be invited to investigate the sites, conduct the preliminary examinations, and list the cases by the preferred order to apply for the subsidies. These records should be submitted together with the proposals, evaluation forms, and ecological inspection forms to the 8th River Management Office, Water Resources Agency for further review.

The key inspection criteria include “availability of comprehensive operation management plans”, “located in a local key development region”, “can facilitate ecological restoration and provide ecological habitats”, “with quality water or plans to improve the water quality”, “with people’s support”, “reduction of artificial pavement area”, and “in accordance with other projects of the Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program”.

Meanwhile, the Water Resources Agency has scheduled the second series of proposals submission and review session at the end of 2017. Moreover, “city/county-managed rivers and regional drainage systems improvement project” under the “water and safety” category has been ratified by the Executive Yuan. The project will last from 2017 till 2024, with a budget of NT$72 billion, and NT$5.3 billion is allocated for the period between 2017 and 2018. The Water Resources Agency will hold a “water and safety” conference in September.

During the meeting, the commissioners and officials of the Water Resources Agency gave advice to proposals put forward by townships. Commissioner Jhang Yi-Min stated that he understood the needs of the local communities. Nevertheless, regarding water environment, unless there are natural disasters, the central government is unlikely to pay attention to it. He recommended that the local governments arrange and present the proposals properly. Liou Hua-Yue advised that the proposals should avoid any potential public or private land disputes. In the proposals, the landscapes should be introduced in depth, included related local anecdotes and cultural features as well as descriptions of the surrounding villages. Furthermore, the construction method should suit local conditions. Commissioner Jhang Yun-Yu suggested using 3D illustrations to showcase the proposals. Illustrating the proposals with three-dimensional graphics can highlight the features to the public and attract the attention of the central government.

Director-General Jhang Jhong-Min of the Public Works Department emphasized that the first series of the projects proposed must be outsourced by the end of the year and completed by the end of next year. Deputy Magistrate Wu Cherng-Dean reminded the departments that to secure the funding from the central government for Kinmen, they needed to be persuasive. For Taiwan, Kinmen is important in developing a relationship with China. Kinmen needed to has its own strategy and prioritize its proposals. The government hopes to submit 6 to 8 proposals and integrate them together. The government urged every resident to strive to secure the funding from the central government together to construct or improve regional drainage systems and farm drainage systems. The ultimate goals are to have all the proposals accepted by the central government and executed, and to bring prosperity to Kinmen.

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  • Date:2017-12-12