PD to vote in favour of RDA for Gozo and queries tunnel funding
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Partit Demokratiku Opposition said that it will be voting alongside the Government in Parliament today, in favour of a Regional Development Authority for Gozo.,
In a statement Partit Demokratiku said that it is in line with its “Vision for Gozo, reducing the ability of the Minister responsible for Gozo to run it like his or her own personal fiefdom.”
Party leader Godfrey Farrugia, stated,”PD hopes that the Labour government, now notoriously famous for its toxic tentacles in supposedly autonomous state institutions, in practice will give the RDA for Gozo the space to deliver what it has been created to produce. Legislating is useless unless the will exists to give life to that legislation.”
“As part of our Gozo Vision, Partit Demokratiku calls for a Gozo which is strong and prosperous based on its own characteristics. That means quality jobs, equal services, and facilities should be available in Gozo,” declared Sec Gen and MEP candidate Martin Cauchi Inglott.
He argued that “Gozitans should not have to come to Malta at all for a good quality of life. While PD seeks greater connectivity between Gozo and Malta, transforming Gozo into a colony of Malta is not the solution for the island’s problems. Gozo is an added value to our Nation State.”
PD pointed out that during Monday’s debate on the Gozo Tunnel, organised by Wirt Ghawdex, it emerged that all present organisations representing Gozitans want to avoid turning Gozo into a second Malta, despite disagreeing on other issues.
MEP candidate Dr Anthony Buttigieg said, “it is therefore crucial that the government immediately strengthens the environmental and planning laws in place in Gozo, as the eco-island is already under siege from haphazard development.”
Partit Demokratiku said that it is championing a “holistic development Masterplan for Gozo, preventing any further ODZ uptake, ribbon development between villages, destruction of agricultural land or the rape of heritage.”
Partit Demokratiku remarked that the Gozo tunnel as planned, will destroy a sensitive water table. “The sacrificed land would, also, provide access to increasingly scarce and valuable hard rock for the developers,” it said.
PD went on to say that since little has been discussed regarding the funding of the tunnel, it queried whether the “reclaimed land to be built with the debris is being promised to the developers in exchange for building the tunnel, and if the valuable hard rock is also going to be part of any such deals or arrangements.”
Partit Demokratiku concluded by asking, “why have the relevant studies not been made accessible to the public? Why was not a tourist impact assessment for Gozo carried out?”
Photograph by Alain Salvary