Pyongyang, January 7 (KCNA) — The Seoul-Pusan rapid transit railway project has drawn public criticism in South Korea.
The project is a political burlesque and a large-scale scandal of the ruling quarters for gaining popularity with taxes wrested from the people. It was one of the “commitments” made by the former “President” Roh Tae Woo in the “Presidential election” in 1987. The Roh saw to it that the project began without the general design in June 1992 when the tenure of his office was drawing to a close.
The design of the project was repeatedly changed by the rulers in their political interests.
Kim Young Sam used the project for his political purpose. As a result, the design was drastically revised twice and the date of opening to traffic was postponed six years and 11 months more than the first plan (late in 1998).
As of late august last year, five years and two months after the start, no more than 13.7 percent of the project was done. It is foreseen that if current speed continues, the project would take 50 years. The changes of the design on 38 occasions including changes of railroad and construction are likely to cost two trillion won. The number of fraudulent operations is nearly 3,000 and over 70 percent of the project has to be done again.
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