A rehabilitation project at Wied il-Għasel, in the limits of Mosta and Naxxar, commenced in June in a €3.3 million investment, €2 million of which are being invested by the Ministry for Tourism and Consumer Protection, with the rest being financed from Cohesion Funds.
This project in the second-largest valley in Malta is expected to be completed by the end of next year and is being implemented by Parks Malta, an entity under the Ministry for Tourism and Consumer Protection.
Minister for Tourism and Consumer Protection Julia Farrugia Portelli visited the valley where works are currently underway together with Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg and Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi.
The first phase of the project involved the restoration of existing water dams along with the removal of 45,000 cubic metres of material that had accumulated over the years. At the same time, an additional six water dams were built to absorb water into the water table and to reduce the possibility of flooding into agricultural zones in Burmarrad.
Works are also ongoing to restore the walls on the edge of the valley, as well as the restoration of rubble walls and the removal of invasive trees and species. This shall create space enough for more than 800 indigenous trees and just under 3,000 shrubs. This will be accompanied by the installation of an irrigation system.