Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018

Almost one billion euros approved for Venice dam project


Venice, September 10 - Almost one billion euros in
infrastructure funding has been pledged for a dam project under
construction in Venice due to its "strategic" value, officials
said Tuesday.
The latest funding for the MOSE project, announced by the
Ministry of Infrastructure, is the largest single tranche of
funding for the massive project and is expected to help advance
the work so it may be completed by 2016.
The government's Inter-ministerial Committee for Economic
Planning (CIPE) said the work is crucial "for the protection of
the lagoon and the city of Venice".
The first phase of the controversial MOSE retractable-dam
system between Venice and the Adriatic Sea, designed to protect
the city from floods, was recently completed.
The 5.4-billion-euro project was conceived in 1984 and
since then MOSE, which in Italian is a play on the name Moses,
has been controversial, with environmentalists saying it will
interrupt the natural ecosystem and some experts questioning its
effectiveness in protecting the city.

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