Comprehensive study needed on Gozo tunnel – Gozo Parish priests
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The Gozo Diocese said that in light of the ongoing public discussions regarding the proposed Gozo tunnel, it would like to reiterate what was stated following a meeting held in February 2011 with the parish priests of Gozo, which had covered this same subject.
The parish priests, together with Bishop Grech, observed that the island of Gozo, despite the improvements made in recent years in its accessibility, is still suffering from double insularity.
They said that this is “preventing the same pace of development as the rest of the country, which impacts drastically on the social fabric of Gozo.”
However, the meeting also agreed that a comprehensive study should be conducted “to take informed decisions about the impact that any decision will have on the environment, economy and society itself and to evaluate both the advantages and drawbacks that this decision may bring.”
The ongoing public discussion about the possibility of the islands of Gozo and Malta being joined permanently was welcomed.
“The extraordinary difficulties faced by students, workers, the sick in hospital and their families, employers and the service sector, in having to repeatedly cross between the two islands because of the nature of their study, needs and their work,” were also noted during the meeting.
They highlighted the fact that that “the economy of the island would, with better accessibility, be able to participate fully in the progress achieved in the nation, and indeed contribute to this happening.”
Photograph by Alain Salvary