Gozitan PN MP and MEP candidate David Stellini has proposed a referendum as a means of closing the debate surrounding the proposed Gozo-Malta tunnel once and for all.
However, this referendum will come with two major caveats. It will only be open to Gozitans and Gozo residents and it will not include an option for the tunnel not to be built in the first place.
Instead, it will ask Gozitans whether the eventual tunnel should be a vehicular one or one which caters for a mass transit system.
“Gozitans should be able to decide the future of Gozo in line with the principle of subsidiarity,” Stellini told Lovin Malta. “There won’t be an option for ‘No Tunnel’ because there’s clearly a need for a permanent link.”
In a Facebook status, Stellini urged the government to publish the studies it had conducted vis-à-vis the planned tunnels and leave the final decision in the hands of Gozitans.
“By Gozitans for Gozitans!” he said.
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat recently confirmed that the tunnel, which will link Manikata to Nadur, will include free public transport so as to encourage people to use the bus to cross between the two islands. However, he warned that a mass transit system will only be feasible if the population of Gozo increases significantly.
Cover photo: Left: Screenshot from video by Nathan Jermy