UNESCO gave its approval for the tunnel drilling project under Valletta city that will link Sliema shore with Cottonera for a new sea service.
The project, proposed by AX Holdings company following a public tender by Projects Malta for innovative ideas of transport means, was submitted to UNESCO as Valletta city is on the list of UNESCO’s world heritage.
Projects Malta will resume with the procedures for the underground tunnel project in Valletta after Unesco gave its approval that the project does not threaten the historical and architectural heritage of Valletta.
Minister Konrad Mizzi, who is responsible for Projects Malta, told tvm.com.mt that with this approval, the Government will implement another pledge to facilitate transport in Valletta with various means of public transport to link Sliema with Cottonera.
“Following a rigorous process that analysed the AX Group proposal, UNESCO announced that this project satisfies all the criteria to be implemented and will not endanger Valletta city”, Minister Mizzi said.
The project involves the drilling of an underground tunnel, with a length of 800 metres, through which boats may pass. This means that sea service is possible even in stormy weather.
An agreement is expected to be signed in the coming weeks between the Government and AX Holdings group, which will invest ten million euro. Foreign engineers who worked on the tunnels as part of the national flooding project are expected to be involved in the project. AX Holdings had targeted the project’s completion by the year 2018 when Valletta city will be the European Capital of Culture.