Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Colosseum 'possibly threatened' by Rome metro construction

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Rome, May 2 - A regional audit court has launched
an investigation into the delayed construction of Rome's metro C
line over concerns surrounding the foundation of the Colosseum
and rising public costs, Italian heritage and environmental
group Italia Nostra said Thursday.
The probe comes "following our serious concerns announced
April 12," said the group, citing the "chance that the stability
of the Colosseum could be at risk, that construction costs could
rise, and that the economy and tourism to the city could be
damaged".
Last year the national audit court said in a 182-page
report that Rome's newest subway line appeared destined to
become the slowest and most expensive construction project in
Italian and European Union history and risked not being
finished.
Building the C line, Rome's third underground track, has
cost the city over five billion euros - three billion more than
initially forecast when building began in 1990.
It was originally slated for completion in 2000 when
millions came to Rome to celebrate the Catholic Church's Year of
Jubilee.
"It's not the fault of one single project or of the person
who managed it. This project includes every challenge
imaginable - institutional, procedural and technical," Audit
Court President Luigi Giampaolino said last year.
Administrators point out that building a subway line in the
ancient city is particularly difficult due to the endless trove
of artefacts underground that must be excavated before
construction can proceed.

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