Speaking to the joint Transport and Environment committees of the Chamber, the Undersecretary for Transport clarified that “in 2011 the cost was 8.5 billion, so it rose from 8.5 to 13 billion overall. Of these 8.5 billion, those of we are talking about on the price update are the 6.7 billion which concern the contract with the general contractor”
“I would like to clarify for a moment given that various and possible numbers are being written and stated on this issue and some things that are not so. The total cost for the work is 13.5 billion”. This was stated by the undersecretary for Transport Edoardo Rixi speaking on the bridge over the Strait to the joint Transport and Environment commissions of the Chamber.
“In 2011 the cost was 8.5 billion, so it rose from 8.5 to 13 billion overall. Of these 8.5 billion, the ones we are talking about on the price update are the 6.7 billion that concern the contract with the general contractor,” he added. “Precisely with a view to avoiding excessive and difficult to manage price increases, what has been done is to lock down the situation in order to avoid exponential increases in the future of what could be price increases”, continued the Undersecretary for Transport, pointing out that this is the reason “why the amendment” relating to expensive material has been set aside, which will be released “soon because there is the definitive reformulation of the MEF that they are writing”.
A technological evolution
“The increases are due to the fact that the Istat index was used until 2021, after which there was an exponential increase in raw materials and therefore it was done based on an average of Rfi tenders – given that it is a work railway and railways have increased more than other works,” Rixi said. “What we believe is that in this moment for an extraordinary work a legislative perimeter is needed that balances the interest of the State with respect to that of private individuals”, she added. If the amendment was kept shelved “until the end it is precisely to find the right balance point which allows on the one hand to carry out the work on the other to create a situation of indeterminacy on what are the price updates”, he continued.
“The project is no different” compared to that of 2011, “however there is a technological evolution, which we can quantify if we want, not if we don’t want to: I’ll put the sensors on the bridge, if I want to make a modern work “If, on the other hand, we believe that we have to use 10-year-old technology, that’s an issue. But this is why we believe this decree is correct” continued the Undersecretary for Transport. Starting from the price lists of 2011 to those of today “we have a lot of materials that have changed over time. As the project is updated, it’s not like we can use the same materials they used in 2011”, concluded Rixi.