On Friday the Danish parliament approved the project for the construction of an artificial island in front of the port of Copenhagen, on which at least 35 thousand people will be able to live. The project foresees costs of around 20 billion Danish crowns, equal to 2.7 billion euros. Work on the artificial island, whose provisional name is Lynetteholmen, is expected to begin in 2035 and be completed in 2070. And although these dates aren’t exactly around the corner, there is a lot of talk about them, also due to some criticism of the environmental groups.
The plan to build Lynetteholmen was presented in October 2018 by the center-right government led by then Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen, and was soon approved by the Copenhagen city administration. On Friday, in parliament, the project was approved with 85 votes in favor and 12 against.
According to the current project, Lynetteholmen will have an area of almost three square kilometers (equal to more or less 400 football fields) and will be connected to the city of Copenhagen with a road tunnel and a subway line. The plan also provides that the island, which should be built in front of the city port, has a series of structures on its perimeter to protect the port from storm surges and sea level rise.
The main criticisms of environmental groups concern, to begin with, all the materials that will have to be used and transported to build the island. According to an estimate of one of these groups cited by BBC For example, up to 350 trucks a day would be needed to carry the necessary materials overland. Only as regards the materials for the soil (and therefore not for the realization of everything that would eventually go on it) it has been estimated that it will be necessary to bring about 80 million tons of “soil”. Other issues concern the possible impact that the island will have on ecosystems and water quality.
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As he explained Bloomberg CityLabAmong those who had said they were against the project were also some officials of Scania, the southernmost of the Swedish regions, and therefore the closest to Denmark. Their concern was in fact that the project could somehow alter the currents and create other types of problems even beyond the water of Copenhagen.
In the debate that preceded the vote in parliament, Thomas Jensen – the Social Democratic parliamentarian who was the rapporteur – said: “Of all the bills I have dealt with, this is the one that has been most discussed: consulting experts, asking for technical reports and with over 200 questions for the Ministry of Transport, each of which received an answer. From a procedural point of view, we have thought of everything ».
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