A young Gozitan woman has publicly challenged Transport Minister Ian Borg over his plan to build an underground tunnel between Malta and Gozo.
On Xarabank last Friday, Michelle Grech, a Gozitan woman who has moved to Malta, told Borg there are bigger priorities than the tunnel.
“How can you spend all that money on a tunnel after hearing of all the problems that exist in Malta?” she asked. “Gozo is practically empty now and the brain drain that everyone keeps talking about is in the past. The next brain drain will take place in Malta, because Gozitans who moved here are wondering whether they should move to the Netherlands or Italy or somewhere else.”
She warned Borg that the inefficiency of public transport has resulted in people congregating in areas that are well-connected by buses or within walking distance of their workplace.
“We must do something with public transport and not spend the money on the tunnel, which no one even wants,” she said.
However, Borg brushed off her concerns, insisting that the absolute majority of Maltese people, in particular Gozitans, are in favour of the proposed tunnel.
“If a Gozitan moved to Malta and now wants to move to the Netherlands, they have every right to do so,” he said. “Our challenge is that Dutch, Italian and Norwegian people are coming to live in Malta, and we’ve created jobs for them too.”