The Malta Independent 21 September 2021, Tuesday

PN calls on Infrastructure Malta to publish details about tunnel bidders, repeats referendum call

Tuesday, 14 September 2021, 16:58 Last update: about 6 days ago

The Nationalist Party has called on Infrastructure Malta to publish the details about the proposals by four bidders for the Malta-Gozo tunnel link, and reiterated its opinion that a referendum should be held on the project.

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Ian Borg on Tuesday confirmed that one bidder for the project has been shortlisted out of a total of four bidders. In reaction to this PN said that “it is the duty of Infrastructure Malta to publish all the details, not only of the shortlisted bidder but also the other three.”

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After preliminary studies by Infrastructure Malta, the shortlisted bidder was chosen. PN said that “details as to why the other three bidders were not shortlisted need to be made public as well.”

“The public has every right to know the details of the permanent link being proposed. This includes plans as how the project would be proposed, how the project would be funded and if the economic, social and environmental impacts have been assessed.”

PN claimed that “there are a lot of studies which still need to be done and those done were not done in a serious manner when taking into consideration the scale of the project.”

Furthermore the PN called on Infrastructure Malta to publish the studies carried out already and portray them in such a way that both the positives and negatives are shown.

“If the government fails to make these documents public, it would be abstaining from its responsibility to the general public. The government cannot be allowed to do what it wants in this regard. It is unacceptable.”

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