Third Tunnel, another five municipalities ask for “compensation”

Genoa - Five municipalities in Val Lemme which want to join the Pact for the Territory, the agreement signed between RFI, COCIV, and eleven mayors to create a project to develop the territory affected by the work on the Third Tunnel

Genoa - For the last two months, they have been waiting for a response from the government commissioner, the Ministry of Infrastructure, the Region, and Prefect Romilda Tafuri. They are five municipalities in Val Lemme which want to join the Pact for the Territory, the agreement signed between RFI, COCIV, and eleven mayors to create a project, which remains undefined at the moment, to develop the territory affected by the work on the Third Tunnel. In January, the Bosio, Parodi Ligure, San Cristoforo, Francavilla Bisio and Tassarolo municipal councils approved a resolution expressing “strong disagreement with their lack of involvement and the fact that only the municipalities which the project passes through are considered damaged and therefore entitled to compensatory activities and projects, to be paid for by the project itself.”

The pact provides more than one million euros for each of the eleven municipalities (Fraconalto, Voltaggio, Carrosio, Gavi, Arquata Scrivia, Vignole Borbera, Serravalle Scrivia, Novi Ligure, Pozzolo Formigaro, Alessandria and Tortona), and another €49 million for the global development project. The five mayors have stood up against this point because they believe that the negative effects of the high-capacity work have also affected their citizens, both as regards the road network and Crenna provincial road 161, which is full of construction sites, and as regards the asbestos issue, on which, as explained in the decision, “no information has been provided”, despite the fact that there is “concern about health risks associated with the transport of material that may contain volatile asbestos fibres on our roads.”

Despite several requests for meetings, none of the decision-makers listened to the five mayors. “Let us be clear,” says Bruno Merlo, the mayor of Parodi Ligure. “Our objective is not so much to receive money. The other eleven municipalities will receive one million euros each, and that is all well and good. We are asking that the €49 million development project also include our municipalities, which are part of a well-defined territory, the Val Lemme, whether we are talking about tourism, employment or infrastructure. Now we will ask for a meeting with the Region, which is coordinating the project. And also, the CIPE resolution approving the Pact has not yet been published.”

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