Local Council not consulted about flyover project

Labour MEP calls for Infrastructure Malta to be transparent

Photo: Moviment Graffitti

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Qormi local council was not informed about the Infrastructure Malta flyover project at the Imrieħel bypass said Qormi Mayor Dr Josef Masini Vento.

The Mayor said that the agency did not contact anyone for consultation, adding that “the effects (of the project), are not only not suitable, but may be disastrous.”

Qormi Local Council joined in the calls for transparency on the Infrastructure Malta plan to build a flyover in the Imrieħel bypass. The project is planned at the crossroads between Imrieħel Bypass (Vjal ir-Royal Malta Artillery) and Triq in-Negozju.

The council said that they will be gathering the necessary information to safeguard the residents’ interests and the Qormi environment.

Project met by criticism Following the revelations made last Saturday,Moviment Graffitti and Qormi residents and Farmers questioned if the project is really needed when this will mean the waste of another swathe or arable land

Controversy over Imrieħel Bypass flyover
Controversy over Imrieħel Bypass flyover

Traffic cannot dictate – Sant

The same question was made by former Labour Prime Minister, MEP Dr Alfred Sant. In a post on social media on Monday morning he said that traffic problems cannot continue to dictate how we make use of agricultural land. Sant said that Infrastructure Malta needs to be more transparent and accountable for projects that fall under its remit. While saying that if it is true that 20 tumoli of agricultural land will be taken, then the protests are justified.

“Traffic problems cannot dictate how we use agricultural land2 – MEP Alfred Sant
“Traffic problems cannot dictate how we use agricultural land” – MEP Alfred Sant

President Emeritus voices her opposition

President Emeritus Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, also joined in voicing her opposition to the project.

In an extensive Facebook post, Qormi-born and bred President Emeritus Coleiro Preca called such a project “unbelievable”, even more so since the public was only made aware through media reports. She reminded Infrastructure Malta that Qormi is already surrounded by at least seven industrial areas.

“How long will Qormi continue to suffer?” – President Emeritus
“How long will Qormi continue to suffer?” – President Emeritus

Infrastructure Malta on Saturday confirmed in a statement, that land will be taken to pave way to a flyover. The project is planned at the crossroads between Imrieħel Bypass (Vjal ir-Royal Malta Artillery) and Triq in-Negozju.  The agency justified the plan due to a dangerous blind corner that resulted in serious accidents in the past.