Martedì, 25 Settembre 2018

Venice tidal-protection project 'held up by sagging funds'


(ANSA) - Venice, July 24 - The controversial, colossal MOSE
project to shield Venice from the sea may not be completed until
2016 due to lagging state funding, builders said Tuesday.
"The decision is tied to the fact that government funding
is spreading thin," Ciriaco D'Alessio, the head of the
northeastern Italian water authority, told the local Gazzettino
Originally scheduled for completion in 2014, the
4.7-billion-euro project is still on schedule to become
partially functional in 2013, according to Consorzio
Venezia Nuova, the building team.
MOSE is an acronym that in Italian also means Moses, the
Biblical figure who parted the Red Sea.
Cement blocks as large as four-storey buildings are
being built and installed to support a system of 78 mobile
barriers along the exterior of the Venetian lagoon.
These barriers are intended to stem the assault of
unusually high tides and sea storms at three entrances to the
Venetian Lagoon, and protect Venice from severe seasonal
The MOSE project has come under criticism by environmental
and conservationist groups for its high cost and they say,
irreversible impact on the lagoon, whose ecosystem will be
harmed by blocking the natural flow of tides.

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