Restoration of Santa Lucija water aqueduct tunnels inaugurated
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The restoration project for the water aqueduct tunnels in Santa Lucija, Kercem, has been inaugurated by the Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana and Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Communities Silvio Parnis.
Minister Caruana, in a message for the occasion, said that the Ministry for Gozo “believes in the potential of our localities and is therefore investing in various projects and initiatives.”
“The mission of the Ministry is to preserve the heritage of the island and this was why the Ministry issued the funds for this restoration, which will be enjoyed by locals, tourists and generations to come,” she said.
The Minister pointed out that this is not an isolated project in Kercem, as the Ministry had recently expropriated Ghar Gerduf located on the outskirts of Kercem and is preparing a project for this site so that it can be enjoyed by everyone.
A a second issue is also being evaluated of the restoration scheme intended for Gozitan local councils to restore further historical sites at the heart of Gozo communities, said Dr Caruana.
“This also complements the extensive programme of work being carried out on roads around Kercem, such as Triq Gojjin Street and Triq is-Summien, now that the work on Triq Wenzu Mintoff has been finished.,” she said.
Parliamentary Secretary Silvio Parnis remarked that as well as being a tourist attraction, the aqueducts are an important part of the history of Santa Lucija and Kercem.
These tunnels, start from Tal-Mixta and Ghar Ilma Heights, and go up to Triq San Niklaw. From there the water runs into channels leading to the mini aqueduct tunnels near the entrance to Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary.
These tunnels were built in the 1880s by the British to transport water to Savina Square in Victoria, from where people were able to go and collect water for their personal use.
Photograph: MGOZ/George Scerri