“Fast ferry service moving at snail’s pace” – ADPD

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Incompetence and carelessness has slowed down the tendering process for the fast ferry service between Malta and Gozo, ADPD said in a reaction on Thursday after the Public Contracts Review Board ordered Transport Malta to cancel the request for proposals for a public service concession contract for the hop-on, hop-off sea ferry service.

The two minor parties said that it was shameful that the tender process was halted for the third time because of shortcomings in the process, noting that Gozitans have again been deprived in an effective way of mitigating the daily hardship for many workers and students, who cross between the islands.

ADPD noted that the public has to burn the brunt of the lack of transparency on the part of the authorities.

“Instead of carrying out its duties with feasible and accessible projects in this sector, government persists in distracting the public with grandiose schemes, like the one for a tunnel beneath the sea, which, if done, will have a disastrous effect on the environment of Malta and Gozo, apart from other negative social and economic consequences,” the statement reads.