Land minister vows to review safety codes in wake of building collapseUpdated: 2014-02-25 03:45:47 (KST)
The minister of land, infrastructure and transport said his organization is doing all it can to ensure that incidents such as last week's roof collapse in Gyeongju will never happen again.
"The ministry is doing all it can to prevent such accidents from happening again. We are reviewing building safety codes and are revising the construction regulations for buildings with lightweight steel frames."
The collapse left 10 university students dead.
The government said it will inspect more than 40 public institutions in the eastern part of Gangwon-do Province, which had been hit with heavy snow in the days leading up to the collapse.
The minister's comments were part of a briefing by top officials from the land ministry at the National Assembly.
Lawmakers also got a briefing from the head of the agency overseeing a project to relocate government ministries and agencies to the new administrative city of Sejong.
"The second phase of the relocation was successfully completed last December. This year will be the third and final phase, in which more state agencies will move to Sejong City. We will do our best to bring about a smooth transition."
He said he expects the population to increase to 80-thousand by the end of the year from the current 30-thousand.
"The land ministry also said it will push to reduce the debt held by public corporations by roughly 11 billion U.S. dollars this year and 22 billion dollars by 2017. To do that, they plan to sell off the corporations' assets and reform lax management practices.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News."
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