The National Infrastructure Development Company (NIDCO) has no issue in signing a one-year lease for the Jean de la Valette with Virtu Ferries, whose managing director Francis Portelli, of parent company Vitru Holdings, has been involved in a huge oil scandal in Malta and has allegations of money laundering and bribery still hanging over his head.
The Curepe Interchange is expected to be completed by November of this year.
This was announced by NIDCO chairman Hubert George during the sod turning ceremony for the interchange on Wednesday morning.
The interchange is expected to cost $221 million, a figure that both Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Minister of Works and Transport Rohan Sinanan said was significantly lower than the $513 million allocation granted to the project under the previous People's Partnership administration.
Workers attached to Brazilian construction firm OAS Construtora are again pleading for monies which they say are owed to them.
The workers and sub-contractors picketed the Ministry of Works this morning calling on the government to intervene.
They say workers are being lied to regarding their outstanding wages. Safety officer, Jameel Thomas says they are being bounced back and forth between NIDCO and OAS.