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The Gozo to Malta Tunnel project cries out for very Careful Consideration
The issue of a Gozo to Malta Tunnel has suddenly re-surfaced. In the 70's everyone was talking about a Bridge. Many years have now passed since then and at the moment there seems to be a kind of consensus that a Tunnel would be better, but there are various conflicting points of view flying around.
There are people from Malta who state that such a Tunnel ought to be financed by the Gozitans since it is them that would benefit the most. This is absurd of course, since we are one country under the same government and with the same tax laws. Furthermore if the Tunnel proves beneficial and as a result Gozo thrives, Malta would obviously gain too.
How the Gozo to Malta Tunnel may look from inside
The great majority of the principal entrepreneurs in Gozo are all for a Gozo to Malta tunnel while others in the Tourist industry are against. Other factions in favour are the ...
Students reading for their Degrees at the University of Malta,
Parents who aspire to send their children to University in the near future,
Gozitan workers and their families who are presently working in Malta and who are still long years away from hoping for a transfer to Gozo,
Small business owners (SMEs) who have to go back and forth many times a week in connection with their trade,
Many members of the general public who have to cross over often to Mater Dei Hospital for check-ups or to visit their relatives who are in-patients there.
Who then is against this Gozo to Malta tunnel? Foremost in the list we find the environmentalists who stress that Gozo would lose its magic and charm.
The conservatives who would prefer to keep the status quo and safeguard the 'brand of Gozo'. These two groups stress that Gozo would quickly lose its identity, its aura of 'Peace and Quiet' which is in fact a rare and highly-priced asset these days.
Many people who live in Malta and who look upon Gozo as a fantastic 'cut off', diverse destination for their occasional holiday. They emphasize that Gozo would lose its charm and allure as a magical island of adventure.
Now a large proportion of those in favour of the tunnel link believe (and rightly so) that it would neutralise their present problems;
the University students would not have to stay in a rented flat all the week away from home and at a big expense, or alternatively wake up at 5.30 every morning to arrive in time for their lectures and return home in the evening dead tired;
the Gozitan workers are more or less in the same situation;
the self-employed and the business community would save hundreds of man-hours and hundreds of Euro on their transport expenses;
those who go to Malta on important appointments could go comfortably in their car and return to Gozo without undue delay or difficulties.
Yet another faction are the 'group of thinkers' from Malta and Gozo who, while recognizing the wide-spread difficulties brought about by Gozo's double-insularity are NOT in favour of the Gozo to Malta Tunnel or a Bridge. They are TOTALLY against it and put forward the following suggestions which are meant to ameliorate the situation of ALL concerned as much as possible.
Suggestions in lieu of a Gozo to Malta Tunnel
Gozo to remain as it is, separated from mainland Malta. A permanent link would go against the dream of Eco Gozo; the two cannot co-exist for obvious reasons.
A Cirkewwa Terminal similar to the one in Gozo is a pre-requisite since according to the 'group', the situation at Cirkewwa is the same as it was in the early 60's.(This is soon to be inaugurated, at long last)
Buses to be scheduled for EVERY ferry trip both in Summer and in Winter according to the number of passengers on the ferry.
An express (subsidised) bus to be provided for people going and coming from Mater Dei Hospital.
The 'group' recommends the building of rest-houses and hostels in the hospital/university area for use by students and visitors to the hospital.
Sub-offices to be sited in Gozo so that more workers would be re-located to Gozo. This is already being done to a certain degree but efforts to increase the number of opportunities need to be a top priority.
Unfortunatly this measure does not apply to employees in the Police Force, in the Armed Forces and with Malta Post but an exercise to study the immediate need of such personnel in Gozo should be carried out as early as possible. Gozo could do with more policemen on the roads as well as with a maritime crew and a Motor Boat on patrol. The present trouble in the countries of N. Africa makes this still more important.
Those tradesman from Gozo who use the ferry for transportation of goods to have a subsidized fare. This simple measure would place the Gozitan entrepreneurs on an equal footing with their competitors in Malta.
Efforts to bring factories to Gozo to open up employment opportunities for Gozitans to work in their own country without the need of finding work in Malta.
Two Cruise Liners per month out of the ever-increasing number coming to the Grand Harbour in Valletta would work wonders for Gozo - the taxis would have lots of work as well as the crafts and souvenir shops, the restaurants and cafes and all other tourist-oriented outlets such as jewellery shops and local produce outlets.
At the moment of writing (2012) all cruise liners are being reserved for Malta.
Gozo to Malta tunnel - - Notes
5th Mar 2012 - A patrol boat has been permanently stationed at Mgarr Harbour in Gozo as from October 2011.
The Cirkewwa Terminal is well under way now and they say that it should start functioning before the next General Election in March 2013 at the latest.
The Arriva X1 is now serving the needs of the commuters going to the Hospital and the University.
Perhaps we will sight a C. Liner or two at Mgarr and Xlendi before the fast-approaching General Election too.
Leaving aside the pros and cons and just considering the phenomenal cost of such a huge enterprise will it ever be undertaken by any government administration!
When you come to think of it the Secret Solution is not a Bridge or a Gozo to Malta Tunnel but Jobs, jobs and more jobs in Gozo.
A good idea would be to propose the Island of Gozo as a hub for financial services and gaming and start training young Gozitan students for future employment in these sectors as from today.
One good reason why this idea could take root and prove really successful is that these specialized sectors are not affected by distances, such as Gozo's distance from Luqa airport and the Freeport.
Latest News June 13th 2013: The Minister for Gozo has declared on Thursday evening during a meeting with the public that a Referendum might be held to see what the Gozitan population thinks about a permanent link between the two islands.
N.B. We are now in Jan 2017 and as far as I remember, the Referendum was never held.
Do you agree, disagree? If maybe you have your own views on the above, feel free to state them by using the 'Where is Gozo' Page. Thanks.
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