The Gozo entrance to the proposed tunnel will be somewhere below the Ta’ Kenuna area in Nadur, a prime agricultural and scenic site. Where exactly, no-one knows since everything is shrouded in secrecy.
As regards the Malta entrance, we also have this veil of secrecy. However, the site of L-
In reality, recent activity over the past two years seems to indicate that the proposed entrance to the tunnel in Malta is more likely to be in the L-Gherien area, an area renowned for the rich archeological finds linked to the cave-dwelling troglodyte community that had made the area its permanent abode in the past.
Archeologist Keith Buhagiar describes the L-
A proper scientific assessment of the cultural remains that will be destroyed or adversely affected by this development is still a work in progress. The Malta-side portal will tunnel through Malta’s only relatively uncontaminated perched aquifer. Has this been taken into consideration? Locating the tunnel at L-
Pwales and its
Furthermore, Pwales valley was extensively
Added to all this, we know that the flow of traffic will increase so much that it will receive at least about 6500 vehicles per day. Does this land risk becoming a polluted desert from the rich green plain that it is now?
Why do we believe that government is “secretly” planning the Malta entrance in the L-Gherien area? Well, to start off, in July-August 2017, three young lads -two females and a male- were suspiciously roaming around the area, once, twice, three, four times, searching for something one does not know exactly what.
Two months later, in October-November 2017, we had the real thing. Workers from the Italian company Geotec Spa assembled a rig in the area and for three whole weeks conducted works to test the ground in the area.
In July 2018 we got the first newspaper reports that the Malta entrance would be located in the
At the end of September 2018, Geotec returned to the L-
Two months later, in September 2018, the terms of reference for an Environmental Impact Assessment were finalized by ERA. Last 11 December, One news reported Minister Borg as stating that preparations were being made at the moment for an Environmental Impact Assessment. Is this study, therefore, just about to start?
On 26th November 2018, new actors get involved in the “mysterious|” surveys going on in L-Gherien. Enter the scene the Norwegian company Sintef, that describes itself as “one of Europe’s largest independent research organisations. Every year we carry out several thousand projects for customers large and small. Our 2000 employees deliver applied research, innovation, technology development, knowledge and solutions for customers large and small across the world”.
For four whole days Sintef conducted surveillance works, even making use of drones. The interesting thing about this company is that for the whole four days, while conducting their studies in these isolated fields, they were always escorted by a uniformed police officer. Was the officer really needed, in an area where hardly any car passes by? And what kind of work was Sintef really involved in? We believe that the Maltese people should be entitled to know, no?
At the beginning of December
This is the situation as it stands at the moment, with information gathered in bits and pieces. Seeing that the government has not published any geological, economic, environmental or social studies regarding the whole issue, we believe it is useful to start informing the Maltese and the Gozitans on what has been happening till now without our knowledge.
Three quick questions that come to mind are: Is the government prepared to destroy this area in Malta, which constitutes the richest water table in our country? And does the Maltese government intend inserting the Malta-Gozo tunnel project in the 9000
Quick answers are expected from a government that does not want to treat its citizens as irrelevant morons.
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Published on the Maltatoday – Sunday 30 December 2018