Xlendi quay rebuilding works completed at a cost of €180,000
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The work of rebuilding and improving the Xlendi quay has now been completed, through an investment of €180,000.
Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg, Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana, and Munxar Mayor Sonya Abela, visited the completed project, where Minister Borg said that it will further enhance the maritime infrastructure of the country.
He explained that the improvement of the 45-metre long breakwater, will provide safer facilities for fishermen, boat owners and maritime operators.
Dr Borg added that through the new design of the quay, it offers improved shelter for the inlet and access for any maritime activities, as well as new facilities to tie boats up alongside the quay.
He said that the project also included a design to aid with the safety of anyone using it to embark of disembark, with access created for those with less mobility, such as the elderly, or persons with disability.
The structure’s plans were prepared last year, the Minister said, and work started earlier this year and during summer.
This took place after the concerned authorities were consulted, including the Planning Authority and the environmental authorities, to ensure that works were done in a way that would not have a negative impact on this site of ecological importance.
Dr Borg explained that precautions such as a protective curtain which was placed in the sea around the quay to reduce the risk of construction material spreading across the bay were also taken.
The Minister said that the quay, which had been built decades ago, had become dangerous through its contact with sea water over the year, and had also been damaged during a storm earlier this year, which had required urgent works to be carried in the summer to stop a collapse.
Speaking about other works to be carried out in Gozo, Dr Borg said that Infrastructure Malta will be carrying out dredging works, as well as rebuilding Mgarr Menqa quay, with new pontoons to replace the existing ones.
Minister for Gozo Dr Justyne Caruana said that the Xlendi project, which forms part of the Xlendi Masterplan, was just one of a number of initiatives being worked on by the Ministry to improve maritime infrastructure on the island.
She explained that a€4 million infrastructural project announced in January this year, will get underway next summer at Mgarr Harbour, which will include cleaning the seabed and increased berthing for Gozitan fishermen. Other projects include the rehabilitation of the dry standing areas in Mgarr and Xlendi.
Dr Caruana also said that plans for the reconstruction of the Marsalforn breakwater are”proceeding well.” She added that, “the last two tenders for the studies related to the reconstruction will be published in the coming weeks.”
The Minister noted the importance of the studies in order to finalise plans, eventually leading to an application being submitted to the relevant authorities for the work.
Photograph: MGOZ/Terry Camilleri