Gozo Minister Justyne Caruana and Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Communities Silvio Parnis have inaugurated a restoration project for water tunnels in the Santa Lucija aqueduct at Kercem.
In a message to mark the occasion, Minister Caruana stated that the Gozo Ministry’s mission is the preservation of the historic heritage in Gozo, and for this reason the Ministry had released the funds for this restoration, which will eventually lead to its appraisal by the residents of the locality, visitors and future generations.
The Minister recalled that this is not an isolated project in Kercem, as the Ministry has expropriated Ghar Genduf at the entrance to Kercem, and is preparing a project for this site to be enjoyed by everyone, and an evaluation is in progress for the second issue of a restoration scheme aimed at Gozitan Local councils, with the aim of more historical sites at the heart of Gozitan communities being restored. This complements the extensive road works in progress, with work being carried out on Triq Ġojjin and Triq is-Summien, now that work on Triq Wenzu Mintoff has been completed.
Parliamentary Secretary Silvio Parnis stated that apart from serving as a tourist attraction, these aqueduct tunnels are an important part of the history of Santa Lucija and Kercem.
These tunnels start from Tal-Mixta and Ghar Ilma heights, up to Triq San Niklaw. From there the water runs into channels leading to the aqueduct tunnels in a road at the entrance to Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary. These tunnels had been built at the time of the British government to deliver water to Savina Square in Rabat, where people could go and fetch water for their personal use.