Public invited to submit comments for EIA report on Malta-Gozo tunnel

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Public invited to submit comments for EIA report on Malta-Gozo tunnelAn open consultation for the public towards the preparation of an EIA report on the Malta- Gozo tunnel, has been launched by the Ministry for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change.

The Ministry said that the public is being invited to submit written comments on matters it wishes to see included in the terms of reference. The document is available to download and view via this link.

According to the Ministry the proposed tunnel project involves the excavation and construction of a bored single-tube tunnel for vehicles, connecting Malta and Gozo with a Malta-side tunnel portal at L-Imbordin and a Gozo-side tunnel portal on the west of Nadur.

It is intended that the tunnel will have two lanes, one in each direction, width of 3.25m to 3.50m, a central buffer area in between with a width of approx. 1.00m, and a 1.00m wide shoulder on both sides of the carriageway, the Ministry said.

The tunnel structure itself will be constructed with concrete segments and include infrastructural systems for ventilation, illumination, water drainage and pumping, etc.

The tunnel portals will comprise of concrete structures as well, connecting the rock tunnel and the surface.

Submissions must be received by the 15th of August 2018 and can be sent either by email: eia.malta@era.org.mt or by post to: EIA Team Environment & Resources Authority Hexagon House, Spencer Hill, Marsa, MRS 1441

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