Bridge to Sicily – The government of Giorgia Meloni wants to realize a controversial project
A bridge project from the Italian mainland to Sicily is now underway after all previous attempts failed.
The project to build a bridge to Sicily dates back to the time of the Roman Empire.
Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s government now wants to implement this after all attempts in the past have failed.
However, there are doubts about its structural viability in the seismic region between Messina and Calabria, due to the environmental impact and because of the high costs.
Meloni’s right-wing coalition believes the bridge is key to boosting the economy in the country’s poorer south. (archive photo)
Under the leadership of Giorgia Meloni, Italy could build a bridge from mainland Italy to Sicily.
The idea of the project dates back to the time of the Roman Empire.
However, all attempts to benefit from the project failed.
Italian Cabinet Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni He has a controversial project to Bridge construction revived, which would connect Sicily with the mainland and cost several billion euros. The Cabinet approved a similar decree on Thursday, and Parliament has 60 days to turn it into law.
Transport Minister Matteo Salvini said the 3.2-kilometre bridge “will represent the flagship of Italian engineering”. The idea of constructing this bridge dates back to the time of the Roman Empire. Subsequent attempts to tackle the project failed.
The bridge aims to boost the economy in the south of the country
Meloni’s right-wing coalition believes the bridge is key to boosting the economy in the country’s poorer south. However, there are doubts about its structural viability in the seismic region between Messina and Calabria, due to the environmental impact and because of the high costs.
Salvini stressed that the project, which was last considered in 2011, will “adapt to new technical safety and environmental standards”. Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, whose government strongly supported the project in the 2000s and whose Forza Italia party is now back in the ruling coalition, said on Thursday that such a structure would “connect Sicily not only with Calabria but with Italy and the whole of Europe.” According to Berlusconi, Construction could begin in mid-2024.
Currently, the only way to get from the island to the mainland is by ferry or plane. Supporters of the plan argue that a bridge with rails could reduce pollution and save time in moving people and goods. However, environmentalists reject the plans and prefer to electrify the area’s existing train network.
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