Prime Minister Robert Abela has announced that the government will build a running track in Hal Far.
Abela made the announcement at a Cabinet meeting on Monday to discuss the sport, the progress of local athletes and the benefits to the well-being of citizens.
He said the € 20million project would be built around similar facilities to Hal Far and would not occupy any ODZ land.
“The 20 million euro projects would be built around similar existing facilities in Ħal Far,” Abela said.
Abela said the track was professionally designed in Germany and would be built away from residential areas of Birżebbuġa.
The proposed track will be in the industrial area of Hal Far next to a drag racing track and a go-kart circuit.
Malta Motorsport Federation President Duncan Micallef welcomed the news, saying it was like a dream come true.
“I had to look at my watch to make sure I wasn’t sleeping and dreaming,” Sports Minister Clifton Grima said.
Motorsport enthusiasts have long been clamoring for a professional racing track, which has found its way into the election manifestos of major political parties.
Opposition on the race track
Reacting to the ADPD president’s announcement, Carmel Cacopardo said the race track would create substantial environmental damage and was awaiting more details on the project.