MDA proposes mandatory ‘geo-technical surveys’ for construction sites

Credit: Branko Stoilov

The Malta Developers Association is proposing that ‘geo-technical surveys on potential building sites’ are made mandatory.

The construction body states that it wants the surveys on prospective construction sites,‘to be made mandatory as part of the development permit process, as is done in several EU member states.’

While they acknowledge that they were aware of the activity taking place in this scenario, it is not uniform.

Their request comes in response to the collapse of a building in Mellieha on Saturday morning in which a 77 year old woman was rescued by Civil Protection and was certified with only slight injuries.

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The collapse sparked an outcry from Kamra Tal-Periti who stated that the incident had shown the chaos of the construction industry as well as the slow efforts of government to fulfill the creation of a new construction regulator.

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Minister Ian Borg responded to a parliamentary question from Opposition MP Karol Aquilina who stated that the body was still in the process of being established with discussions with various entities still on-going.

Process of establishing building and construction regulator ongoing – Minister Borg

The Prime Minister also weighed in on the situation saying that there are certain interim actions which need to be taken while an investigation is carried out into the recent accident.