€4 million regeneration project to improve facilities for Gozitan fisherman
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The Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana, has today announced that a series of works will be getting underway to improve facilities for Gozitan fishermen in Mgarr harbour, at an estimated cost of €4 million.
The works are being undertaken in collaboration with Transport Malta, and will comprise of among other things, dredging the seabed, work on the embankment and two slipways, replacement of the pontoons and the creation of new moorings.
“With this project, the Government will implement another electoral promise as stated in the Electoral Manifesto. The Ministry for Gozo considers this project as a priority and it was therefore included in the first budget of this legislature,” said the Minister for Gozo.
The Minister explained that dredging will facilitate both the direction of the water from the valley that runs alongside the port, as well as allowing fishermen easier manoeuvring of their boats.
The work to be done on the existing slipways will mean that they are more accessible, helping fishermen while launching or pulling in their boats.
A second phase of the project will consist of the replacement of the existing pontoons. Dr Caruana said that this replacement is long overdue, since these berthing facilities have been in existence for some considerable time.
The replacement of the pontoons, will also increase the berthing spaces for Gozitan fishermen, at present there are 197 places allocated, and the Minister said that with the proposed regeneration the number of spaces will increase to 254.
“This regeneration will increase the amount of current berths and improve facilities that are so badly needed,” said Justyne Caruana.
She thanked Transport Malta, who Dr Caruana said, are important partners of the Ministry in carrying out this project.
Photographs: MGOZ/George Scerri