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'Tainan Lake' development plan draws widespread support

2011/06/21 11:16:34

Taipei, June 21 (CNA) The development of a man-made lake in the Tainan area along the Zengwen River received local and central government support Monday, with Tainan's mayor hoping it can be completed in two years.

The proposed lake, covering an area of 115 hectares with a depth of four meters, will be capable of storing 4.5 million cubic meters of water, said Lee Meng-yen, director of the Tainan City Water Resources Department, in presenting the proposal.

He said the lake, conceived to prevent flooding and store water during rainy seasons and serve as a reservoir during dry periods, could be developed for NT$1.2 billion (US$40 million) if the central government helped Tainan City acquire the land.

Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te said he would seek funding from the central government for the project, seen as necessary in a part of the country that has faced growing water shortage threats in recent years.

"It is hoped that the lake can be built within two years," Lai said.

Responding to the Tainan City government's plan, Public Construction Minister Lee Hong-yuan said he would give the proposal his full support.

Lee said the lake would not only serve as an important reservoir in southern Taiwan but also positively affect the area's ecology, scenery and urban renewal.

(By Yang Sz-ruei and Deborah Kuo)