Today, the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) granted full development permission for the construction of a storm water tunnel that will carry storm water from Zabbar to an outfall in Marsascala. The tunnel will have a length of about 2.7 kilometres and is planned to pass underneath our public roads. Earlier this year, MEPA also approved the most important phase of the project, which is the construction of a storm water tunnel between Attard and the Marina in Ta' Xbiex. Published by Timesofmalta this morning.
This is good news, as we do have a big problem regarding storm water. Our roads start to flood as soon as it starts raining. Some main roads, particularly in Qormi, Msida, and Birkirkara become inaccessible and dangerous to use. Water in roads also causes old cars to stop which in turn can lead to more traffic congestion and traffic jams in peak hours. Excessive water in drainage pipes results in open drainage covers , thus letting out a lot of foul smelling, filthy water onto our roads. This is a good project for Malta, well done MEPA.