A new technology is being used at Balluta Bay, dredging sand off the sea bottom and depositing it on the beach to refurbish the sandy bay. Sandro Gatt, who is responsible for the project on behalf of the Polidano Group, explained to TVM that last year the process had been carried out manually with sand being taken off the sea bottom and loaded on barges that then conveyed the sand to the beach. The current process is that of sand being directly pumped on the beach.
Sandro Gatt said the dredger ‘Ave Caesar’, is performing this refurbishing process. He said the work is expected to be completed over three days.
A Spokesperson for the Tourism Ministry told TVM that the process is being financed by a nearby hotel that agreed to the financing without resorting to Government funds for a period of five years. He explained that however, the hotel will not benefit from any beach concessions and the bay will remain open for the use of all bathers and the general public.