Rome in free fall: from transport to waste, the authority rejects the services of the Municipality

Rome in free fall: from transport to waste, the authority rejects the services of the Municipality
Rome in free fall: from transport to waste, the authority rejects the services of the Municipality

After the collapse of the Rays in the approval of the mayors (it is in 94th place out of 105) another cold shower for the Administration comes from the authority on the quality of public services. From transport to waste, the capital is soundly rejected in practically everything. “The fall of all the services provided by the Municipality in the perception of citizens is continuous in 2017 and in the last five years it shows that nothing or little has changed and what little that, also through the solicitations given by the Agency through the council commissions, to the councilors and the council, he has been caught, has begun to bear fruit, but a miracle cannot be expected ». This was stated by the president of the Agency for the control and quality of local public services of the municipality of Rome Capital Carlo Sgandurra, speaking at the presentation of the end-of-council report organized in the Aula Giulio Cesare by the president of the Capitoline Assembly. Sgandurra illustrated the Agency’s report, updated in October 2020, with data showing a general decrease in the approval ratings of Romans on services, except for those relating to the quality of life, which returned sufficient in 2020 after years, the blue stripes although still insufficient, buses and trams, still insufficient, and the cleanliness of the streets, although still insufficient.


Compared to the other area of ​​greatest difficulty, that of waste, the report highlights an increase between 2015 and 2019 in separate collection of plus 4.3 percent, a reduction in total waste production of minus 0.7 percent. Rome with 45 percent of separate waste collection is above the main European capitals (2019: Berlin 39 percent, Paris 34 percent, London 33 percent), but according to the report, the poor quality of waste sorting negatively affects the effective possibility of recycling. Furthermore, the waste treatment plants in Rome are based on a 65 percent recycling target, with an effective performance of 45 percent, jeopardizing the possibility of sustainable closure of the waste cycle. The report indicates a reduction in Ama’s treatment capacity from 38 percent in 2015 to 16 percent in 2019 ”. Compared to the perceived quality of urban hygiene, always updated in October 2020, no service reaches sufficient, but the ratings are increasing compared to 2017, “evidence that is reflected in the number of reports and complaints received by Ama in 2020, lower compared to previous years. What doesn’t work – underlined Sgandurra – is not so much the Capitoline administration as the administrative and executive structure which proves to be inadequate to correspond to its mission, that is, to provide those citizens whom the services expect ”, he concluded.


As regards local public transport, Sgandurra explained that «the service continues to be lower than planned: compared to 2015, the negative variance of the surface service has increased, while that of the subway has decreased. Since 2016, the regularity of the surface service has fluctuated between 50 per cent and 52 per cent with a peak of 61 per cent in the first half of 2020 when, due to the pandemic, we were confronted, the report emphasizes, with less traffic and programming reduced. At the same time, the regularity of the metro increased: line A from 91 percent to 99 percent, line B from 81 percent to 98 percent, line C from 88 percent to 99 percent. According to the report, the Tpl in Rome does not meet mobility needs and many citizens / commuters prefer private vehicles, fueling traffic on the roads; there is a lack of an overall vision of LPT and mobility as a multidimensional system: vehicles, roads / infrastructures and passengers; a governance problem emerges in the provision and control of the service: too many subjects involved with tasks and responsibilities that are not well defined. «The report at the end of the council still indicates an inadequate coordination of subjects and structures with important skills for mobility. Finally – continues Sgandurra – underlines that the regional railways granted constitute important connecting lines between the districts of Rome, especially the Rome-Lido, and their management should fall within the sole competence of the Capitoline Administration.


«One cannot fail to note the many shortcomings of Rome in the last five years, the wind that had to change and the renewal did not happen. It was a very complex advice for everyone, but on a factual level the performance of the Giunta Raggi was decidedly disappointing ». This was stated by Maurizio Gasparri, Roman senator and coordinator of Forza Italia in his speech during the presentation of the “First Council Report” by the Capitoline Assembly from 2016 to today on the issues of trade and tourism, urban regeneration, environmental policy and sustainable mobility.

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