Shinkansen station in Shiga canceled

Kyodo

Local governments have agreed to cancel a new station in Ritto, Shiga Prefecture, between Kyoto and Maibara stations on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line, officials said.

Construction of the station began in May 2006. It was planned to open in 2012.

Shiga Gov. Yukiko Kada took office in July 2006 pledging to kill the project, saying it was too costly.

The cancellation was agreed to during a meeting of the Shiga Prefectural Government, the Ritto Municipal Government and neighboring municipalities.

Of the ¥24 billion to build the new station, ¥11.7 billion was to be provided by the prefecture, ¥10.1 billion by Ritto and ¥2.2 billon by six neighboring municipalities.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court finalized an order for the Ritto government to cancel the issuance of local government bonds worth some ¥4.3 billion for covering part of the construction cost.

The court was dealing with a lawsuit in which the plaintiffs argued the bond issuance was unacceptable because it covered the construction costs for property belonging to Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai), not for a public facility, while the Ritto government had insisted the issuance was within its discretion.