Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
The Environment and Planning Review Tribunal has refused the appeal to revoke the permit for the Central Link Project. Minister for Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg announced the news on his Facebook page.
Borg said that it is time to provide the residents of Birkirkara, Lija, Balzan, Attard and the neighbouring localities with a long-awaited solution.
The Minister said that the project was scrutinized by the European Commission, a team of independent experts and two different boards, and they all concurred that the project should go ahead.
The appeal was lodged in August by seven individuals and 15 NGOs. They argued that this is primarily an appeal against the abuse of the system. However, it is also an appeal in the name of the environment, the health of the residents in the area, and sustainability.
The group stated that Infrastructure Malta tends to go ahead with projects without the necessary permits. Appeals are therefore futile as the damage would have been done.
From its end, Infrastructure Malta welcomed the decision made by the Environment and Planning Review Tribunal. It stated that the Central Link Project is the solution for congestion and air pollution in the area.