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Mayor Presides over Opening Ceremony for National Day Float Park
In the evening of October 10, Mayor Ko Wen-je presided over the opening ceremony of the National Day Float Park at the parking lot of Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall. He took the opportunity to announce the start of the East Gate Portal Project which is centered on the Nangang Railway Station.During his address, the mayor noted that each of the 46 floats taking part in the Double Ten Day parade cost roughly NT$2.5 million. With such an expensive price tag, it is a waste to see the vehicles decommissioned after the parade. He expressed his gratitude to Taiwan Life Insurance Corporation for its support in leasing the venue for the exhibition. Ko noted that the reason that Nangang Exhibition Center was selected as the showcase’s venue is to fulfill his promise to the borough chiefs of Nangang District from last year. Over the past year, the city government has devoted much effort into its West District Portal Project. The efforts have proven fruitful, with the neighborhood to the north and south of North Gate undergoing revitalization. Now, after the successful conclusion of the 2017 Summer Universiade, the city government will be concentrating its effort in the vicinity surrounding Nangang Railway Station under the “East District Portal Project.”Describing the opening of Taiwan High-speed Rail’s (HSR) Nangang Station as a milestone, he pointed out that for people residing in the vicinity spanning Jinshan to Yilan, the most convenient way to travel to Kaohsiung would be to take the bus to Nangang and transfer to the HSR. Therefore, he foresees a future where Nangang will become a transit hub serving the folks living in the northeastern part of the island.The Nangang Exhibition Center Expansion Project, one of the highlights of the project, is slated for completion in 2018. The Northern Taiwan Pop Music Center will also be completed next year, while the overhaul of Zhongxiao Military Camp will begin at the same time. Deputy Charles Lin also spoke to the audience about the details of the numerous ongoing projects under the East Gate Portal Project.