The Malta Independent 15 June 2024, Saturday
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Government inaugurates Kalkara square and waterfront regeneration project

Saturday, 18 May 2024, 09:16 Last update: about 27 days ago

Prime Minister Robert Abela on Friday inaugurated the regeneration project of the Kalkara square and waterfront, a project executed by the Grand Harbour Regeneration Corporation (GHRC).

A government statement said that this project created an open space of 16,500 metres squared for families in the heart of the community, a pedestrian area of 3,000 metres squared within the same square, a promenade enhanced with street furniture and a better lighting system, a new playground, and a new service system, along with planted trees in the heart of Kalkara.

In his address, Abela said that this was an important project among other major projects happening in the Cottonera area.

Abela noted how this part of Malta is attracting investment with quality projects that put families at the centre.

He said regeneration work does not mean demolishing the past but preserving its characteristics.

Abela noted how the GHRC project transformed a space that was occupied by vehicles into an area for families to enjoy, and a nicer waterfront for everyone.

Environment Minister Miriam Dalli said that this is a key project through which Kalkara has been beautified, services have been modernized, and a space has been provided through which the locality's centre has truly become the beating heart of Kalkara.

"A project that is also a symbol of our commitment to continue creating more open spaces, where the community, families, and people can meet; where through economic and cultural activities, we offer moments of relaxation for residents and visitors to our islands," Dalli said.

Mayor of Kalkara Wayne Aquilina and the CEO of GHRC Gino Cauchi also spoke.

Aquilina said he felt proud, and they are giving back a beautiful waterfront and square to the people.

“A project that has changed the dynamics of Kalkara and further enhanced the village's value and potential,” he said.

Aquilina thanked all involved to make this dream for the Kalkara residents a reality.

Cauchi said that GHRC is proud of the implementation of this project because today, Kalkara has a beautiful waterfront that has already begun to attract the attention of many, both residents and visitors.

"GHRC is committed to continuing to carry out more regeneration projects in the Grand Harbour,” Cauchi said.

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