Construction companies vying for the multi-million contract to build the Gozo tunnel will make themselves known in the coming weeks, the government has revealed.
After being unanimously approved in Parliament, the government has confirmed that a pre-qualification questionnaire will soon be issued.
A pre-qualification questionnaire sets out a series of questions for potential tenderers. Usually highly extensive, bidders are expected to answer a never-ending range of questions regarding their level of experience, capacity, and financial standing.
The 13km tunnel, which will link Nadur to the hamlet of L-Imbordin, has courted controversy. Surveys have shown that while the majority seems to agree with the tunnel, a very sizeable minority are fearful of the environmental and social damage it could do to Gozo.
Despite voting in favour of the project earlier in the year, PN Leader Adrian Delia has said that he would take a stance on the project once all studies were published.
The government, it should be noted, has long committed itself to build a permanent link between the islands, an issue for Gozitans. However, the introduction of a fourth ferry has cast some doubt over its necessity.
The project is expected to be complected by 2024.