Green measures in place for SmartCity site clearance

About 20 old industrial buildings will be dismantled in the process of preparing the site in Ricasoli, in the limits of Kalkara, for SmartCity Malta, the self-sustained knowledge-based industry township being developed in a joint venture between Dubai-based SmartCity and the government of Malta.

The entire demolition, a spokesman explained, will be guided by a comprehensive plan developed by SmartCity with the input of the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (Mepa), government ministries and departments, local councils, non-governmental organisations and neighbouring residents.

"In conformity with SmartCity's commitment to sustainable development, various procedures have been implemented to mitigate any environmental impact, minimise inconvenience to neighbours and respect the natural and historical context of Malta," the spokesman said.

Wastes generated from the site will be disposed in line with Maltese and Mepa regulations. Masonry material will be recycled to construct protection walls that will prevent waste material from being carried away. Various measures have been put in place to minimise dust pollution. These include wheel washing facilities for dump trucks exiting the site. Working hours have been carefully scheduled to minimise nuisance to neighbouring residents, the spokesman added.

Special procedures have also been taken to ensure the protection of Fort St Rocco, the 19th century fortification situated in close proximity to the SmartCity Malta site, he said.

Occupational health and safety personnel have been engaged to ensure that all staff on site follow strict health and safety procedures. The entire site is being fenced to ensure safety and security for the public. Hazardous materials left over from previous industrial uses are being cleared.

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