The Malta Environment and Planning Authority yesterday unanimously approved an application for the demolition of factories and clearance at the SmartCity project site. Mepa also approved the development of a road linking Triq Santu Rokku to Triq il-Konvoy ta' Sta Maria, in Kalkara, in view of the SmartCity development.
The application was, among other things, for the total removal of redundant services, the removal of all timber and metal apertures and structural demolition down to the base rock, of 19 factories and the related infrastructure at Ricasoli Industrial Estate, Kalkara.
The demolition process was expected to generate over 600,000 cubic metres of waste which was to be dumped at sea. For this reason, the application also covered the construction of a temporary jetty. A highly-detailed construction and environment management plan was also approved by Mepa. One of the factories on site will be partially converted to a site office and there will also be the installation of security fencing and a boundary wall.
The application was approved against a number of conditions including the deposit of a bank guarantee for Lm250,000.
With an investment outlay equivalent to $300 million, SmartCity is expected to transform the Ricasoli Industrial Estate into a state-of-the-art ICT and media business community and is expected to generate at least 5,600 jobs