‘Victims whose residences collapse require assistance’ – PN

Miguela Xuereb

The freshly approved regulations, Avoidance of Damage to Third Party Property have been hastily drafted, Partit Nazzjonalista said in a statement on Monday. The Opposition in a statement on Sunday urged the government to provide victims with psychological assistance among other proposals. 

The statement was signed by Opposition spokesperson for planning Marthese Portelli, Opposition spokesperson for citizens’ rights Claudette Buttigieg and Opposition spokesperson for infrastructure Toni Bezzina.

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Excavation and demolition works were temporarily suspended earlier last month when yet another building adjacent to a construction site collapsed. The works were suspended until new rules were drafted, approved and enforced through a legal notice. 

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Partit Nazzjonalista urged amendments to the already approved legal notice, saying that victims should receive both material assistance as well as psychological assistance. 

The Opposition maintained that it was a rash decision by the government to introduce shabbily drafted regulations without putting the citizens’ minds at rest. It added that this was due to inadequate consultation. 

PN’s proposals

Partit Nazzjonalista urged the government to dialogue with the architects and their lobby group, and to put the stakeholders’ mind at rest. Further the Opposition proposed that properties adjacent to construction sites are protected and that compensation as well as psychological assistance is given to the victims whose residence collapsed.

The PN further proposed that a registry which includes all contractors is set up.

The Opposition urged the government to invest more in the Buildings Regulation Office and strengthen the Occupational Health & Safety Authority.

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