in Catanzaro a meeting between ANPI, CGIL and Legambiente to discuss the topic

in Catanzaro a meeting between ANPI, CGIL and Legambiente to discuss the topic
in Catanzaro a meeting between ANPI, CGIL and Legambiente to discuss the topic

June 18, 2024 07:16

by MARCO VALLONE

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“No to a useless work, which among other things comes at a time when the infrastructural priorities of the two regions involved, Calabria and Sicily, are different”. Harsh comment from Angelo Sposato, General Secretary of CGIL Calabria, on the possible construction of the Bridge over the Strait of Messina.

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It was discussed at the railway Dopolavoro in the Lido district of Catanzaro. Present at the meeting, in addition to the General Secretary of CGIL Calabria, also Mario Vallone, President of ANPI Catanzaro, who introduced the subsequent interventions proposed by Anna Parretta, President of Legambiente Calabria, by Domenico Gattuso, professor (connected electronically) of the Mediterranean University of engaged in an extensive technical dissertation on the reasons why the bridge should not be built, and by Angelo Sposato himself.

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“Recently we held a demonstration together with the associations to say no to this infrastructure” – he further stated Married Angel, General Secretary of CGIL Calabria – “We said that there is a need to close the first level infrastructures: therefore in the meantime the affair linked to the 106, given that unfortunately accidents continue to occur on that road. We said that we need to ensure that high speed is also a fact for Calabria, taking into account that at the moment it stops in Basilicata in Romagnano, despite the Pnrr funds being there. They decide to spend 15 billion, when these two important works could instead be done: the 106 and the high speed train. The Bridge at the moment is a useless work, because it would be a bridge suspended over nothing, and therefore we have already said that not only will we mobilize as we have done in recent weeks, but we will continue a battle, which is important for us, with all the associations, starting from ANPI which is the main road, because at this moment Calabria and the South need much more”. Then asked about interlocution meetings that took place between the unions and the Calabria Region, in which there was a convergence of views on issues concerning the 106 and the motorway, Angelo Sposato highlighted how “in fact the contradiction lies precisely in this: in the Calabria dispute we had included emergencies, priorities, among which among other things there is also the electrification of the Jonica railway. Then around 1 billion and 800 million euros were taken away by the Government from the cohesion funds, both for Calabria and for Sicily, and this is in contradiction with the priorities we had said: that is, there are no funds to build the bridge over the Strait because there are no 15 billion. We are spending more on planning and consultancy than on the activities that should be done. So we are convinced that this is yet another waste of public money, when instead we could do many lots of the 106 which today lack financing, and are already in executive planning. The final design could also be done. With 15 billion, the entire route of the 106 from Sibari to Reggio Calabria could be completely built, and it is a shame that money is being thrown away on a bridge that is of no use to anyone at the moment.”

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Mario Vallone, President of ANPI Catanzaro, for his part noted that, “as Mark Twain said, it is much easier to deceive people than to convince them that they have been deceived. With the issue of the bridge we find ourselves in a constitutional context, and Article 9 of the Constitution, concerning the protection of the environment and landscape, would be torn to pieces. There have been positions taken from many quarters, not political, but technical-scientific, which have demolished the idea of ​​the bridge. I think of several complaints about the approximation of the project. In any case, if from a technical-scientific point of view almost everything has been said, from a constitutional point of view it is important to know how citizens’ money is spent. Let’s think about how much was spent on this in the past, for a work without any benefit from a technical-scientific point of view. They began to devastate the environment and demolish houses, but no one has explained how we are going to build in that area at high seismic risk. Do we realize what 400 meter high pylons are? Is it possible that there isn’t a better way to spend all this money? We believe that there is and can be, and for this reason ANPI says no to this work. We must avoid the risk of this being perceived as a battle for only one part of the country: the No Bridge battle must become national”.

Anna Parretta, President of Legambiente Calabria, stated that “Legambiente thinks it is extremely important to act as a catalyst for moments of participation, discussion, information and awareness on all environmental issues. In particular, regarding the issue of the Bridge over the Strait of Messina, Legambiente has been saying for many years its no to a work that it does not consider to be progress, but, on the contrary, considers it to be a true cathedral in the desert. A senseless and, indeed, harmful work from many points of view: environmentally harmful, because it would be located in an area that is at the center of a system of protected areas. The environmental critical issues have absolutely not been resolved. Indeed, a very recent study by Legambiente, WWF and other associations highlights what would be the environmental problems of its construction affecting air, water and soil. It would then be a problem because the bridge would be built in a highly seismic area, in the area: therefore this would constitute a risk. And then the bridge would end up draining, as it is already doing, huge public resources: we are talking about around 15 billion euros (13.5 billion for the construction of the bridge and around a billion for the so-called connection works). These accounts are destined to rise exponentially, as has happened at the moment without even a stone having been laid. It is money that is taken and directed towards the bridge, rather than towards what are the real priorities of Calabria and Sicily, starting with sustainable mobility. The bridge” – continued Anna Parretta – “absolutely does not resolve the mobility problems of a region like ours, which at the moment is not connected in a dignified manner either internally, nor with the rest of Italy, nor with the rest of Europe. So we need to focus on very different, more sustainable things, and on collective transport, such as rail transport for example. The bridge then drains resources from all the other Calabrian priorities that anyone who lives here knows well. It is therefore a question of priorities: from this point of view we are extremely pragmatic and ask that the problems of the south be effectively resolved. And we ask that public funds create work and permanent employment. While the bridge would do absolutely none of that if it ever gets built.”

 
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