Projects that can be implemented in certain times, faster procedures for their approval, citizen involvement and a new focus on the quality of interventions in the use of materials and in respect of the environment: a “green” turning point, also due to the implications of the pandemic, that announced by Minister of Infrastructure and Mobility Enrico Giovannini in the National Recovery and Resilience Plan that will redesign the country for the next ten years.
Nothing, or almost nothing, will be the same as before. Economic crisis and pandemic have redefined priorities regarding the infrastructure needed to restart the country. Aid will arrive from Europe (a total of 230 billion is expected) which will have to be spent by 2026 and the National Recovery and Resilience Plan “is an opportunity not to be missed. We have included works in the NRP that we believe to be concretely feasible.
It is not a dream book, we have not removed dusty projects from the drawers so randomly or in alphabetical order, but we wanted to give priority to some works (from the High Speed to the South or to the Brescia-Vicenza-Padua) while thinking, and here lies the turning point with respect to the past, to a change in procedures. Enough with the long and indefinite times: if an organism does not observe the deadlines, there is someone else, if necessary also the council of ministers, who can intervene to respect the deadlines and blow up the blocks we know “. Minister Enrico Giovannini who, in connection from Rome in the meeting at the Festival of the economy, has focused heavily on the processes of optimizing the procedures while obviously respecting all the regulations envisaged, above all those of an environmental nature. of the works, but also for their management: “We work on sector reforms, on the optimization of ministries, on the areas of environmental impact assessment and on overall monitoring for each contractor. The procedures will be more compressed – added the owner of the infrastructure ministry stimulated in the comparison by Carlo Scarpa, professor of economics at the University of Brescia, and by Marianna Aprile – but the phase relating to listening to citizens will not be put aside. Let’s not transform Italy without their involvement “.
But where will the 62 billion from the ministry be spent? Speaking of viability and mobility, here are 700 kilometers of high-speed and regional railways, 216 km of tram lines, subways and trolleybuses, 3200 electric buses, 2000 methane for urban transport and 1800 kilometers of urban cycle routes. But everything cannot be reduced to a question of numbers because the quality of the interventions does not necessarily mean the quantity of public works. “With smart working due to the pandemic, we could have an extremely different demand for transport than in the past. Therefore, policies must be devised that orient towards a new use of urban vehicles, towards more cooperative solutions with a view to the quality of services and environmental protection” .