A final master plan for Mriehel is at least two years away, confirmed Transport Malta CEO James Piscopo.
Mr Piscopo said this during a hearing of the appeal against a permit granted to developers of a high rise, which was instituted by eNGOs Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar, Friends of the Earth, Ramblers Association and Qui si-Sana Tigne Residents’ Association.
“Despite the fact that the area has been changed into a traffic-generating Enterprise Hub, the TM CEO stated that a plan for the locality was not in place and would not be finalised for at least another two years,” the eNGOs said today.
“This essentially means that the high-rise development would be completed and operational by that time, further straining the junctions at the traffic lights by the MFSA and the Mrieħel secondary school which are already operating beyond capacity. Lack of proper and timely planning will only result in further congestion and traffic mayhem which the eNGOs vow to challenge at every turn.”
Mriehel has become one of Malta's fastest-growing business cores. The development spearheaded by Tumas and Gasan Groups is scheduled to include four tower blocks of 15, 17, 19, and 14 storeys, built around a central square, on top of five basement levels. According to the Environment Impact Statement on the impact of the proposed towers, the development will bring about a daily increase of 1,362 cars passing from Triq l-Imdina every day.