Kaohsiung unveils campaign to revive blast area

Kaohsiung unveils campaign to revive blast area
Rescue workers help dig a victim from the gas explosions site in the southern Kaohsiung city on August 2, 2014.

TAIPEI - In an effort to revive the commercial district devastated by gas explosions in late July, the Kaohsiung City Government is holding a lucky draw event and other promotional sales to attract consumption at local stores.

Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu set an example herself. She made purchases at a shopping centre yesterday and called on residents to follow her footsteps in support for businesses that reopened after the gas explosions.

Those who make purchases at stores in the area before Feb. 8 will be eligible to participate in lucky draws. Prizes include motorbikes, iPhone 6, plasma TVs and more.

More than 100 stores are in the promotional campaign. The government hopes that rolling out different deals will rejuvenate the local economy.

The government has carried out reconstruction on roads damaged by the blasts in earnest. The roads have now been reopened, and Chen headed to the roads for an inspection before attending a lucky draw event.

The government failed to monitor petrochemical businesses closely enough, while loose regulations were unable to keep them in line, Chen said, adding that in the future, the government will fix the legislation and work with industry to build a safe city.

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