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Msida Creek: Infrastructure Malta’s boss slams ‘unknown’ KTP designer as ‘irresponsible’


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Kamra tal-Periti’s plans for Msida Creek. Image: Kamra tal-Periti

Infrastructure Malta’s CEO, Ivan Falzon, has dismissed the Kamra tal-Periti’s Msida Creek proposal, as he slammed whoever drew up the photomontage as “irresponsible”.

Falzon was interviewed on the weekly talk show, Andrew Azzopardi on RTK103 on Saturday, where he was asked about the proposal put forward by the Chamber of Architects, which according to the road agency boss is a mere “Photoshop exercise” that would prolong commutes.

As works on Msida Creek are about to begin, the KTP released its proposal first to the Times of Malta before publishing a statement about its vision for the busy junction as an alternative to the planned flyovers.

Falzon recalled getting a call from the local newspaper’s journalist ahead of the story being published, and to which he had replied that it was already too late in the day, describing the move as a “headline grabbing stunt”.

Last month, KTP released plans for an alternative to the controversial Msida Creek Project that would instead see the busy junction transformed into a tree-filled park.

On Saturday, the Infrastructure Malta CEO insisted that he has not seen any plans drawn up by an architect but only several photomontages. The park proposal for Msida Creek was slammed as an exercise in using Photoshop.

“I do not know who drew up the plans. There are no architectural drawings, what we have are the photos. From what I have seen this is an exercise in Photoshop, and after receiving more details about their proposals, all I can say is that whoever drew up the plans is irresponsible,” Falzon said.

He also observed that the consultation period passed and the works were about to start. Moreover, KTP’s proposal not only prolongs bus routes but also the project by some two years if the government were to take on board the whole proposal.

Falzon questioned who did KTP consult with as he underlined that Infrastructure Malta held a very long consultation and tried to involve as many different entities.

He insisted that the agency’s proposal for the area remains the best one, and said he will be recommending the minister to move ahead. The agency, however, is ready to discuss and include some of the recommendations made by the chamber into the project provided that “they make sense”.

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