Palermo, the Ztl is back, Catania councilor already in the sights

The LTZ, but only the daytime one, will be operational again in the historic center starting from Tuesday 2 March. Opposition on a war footing: Gelarda (Lega) speaks of “attack on the city”

PALERMO – An expected return, but which it would be inappropriate to define as welcome. The Municipality, in fact, has officially announced the next reactivation of the limited traffic day zone in the historic center from next March 2nd. Traffic restrictions will be active during the day, while they will remain suspended during the night, as highlighted by the Municipality “in consideration of the persistence of mobility bans from 10 pm to 5 am due to the current health emergency linked to Covid-19”.

On the recommendation of the mayor Leoluca Orlando and the councilor for Mobility, Giusto Catania, the Mobility Office, in agreement with Amat and Sispi is preparing what is necessary for the reactivation of the gates and for the calculation of the days of extension of the access passes that had been suspended last December 23 together with the suspension of the LTZ. The decision was taken into consideration of the results emerging from the analysis of traffic flows, which indicate a constant increase since the end of the lockdown.

“As announced – underlined by the Municipality – all active passes from the day of the suspension of the Ztl (December 22 of last year) will be extended in validity for the days not taken. Basically, the days of validity that were remaining starting from December 22 will be added to the validity starting from March 2. In any case, between Monday and Wednesday of next week all pass holders will receive a communication from Sispi with the new expiry date. Those whose passes had already expired on December 22, will be able to renew or request a new pass from tomorrow, through the usual channels, through the institutional portal of the Municipality (https://ztl.comune.palermo.it).

A much discussed issue, that of the Restricted Traffic Zone, whose reactivation has obviously triggered even extremely critical reactions. And this category includes that of councilor Igor Gelarda, leader of the Lega in Sala delle Tombidi: “The choice ofcouncilor Giusto Catania to reactivate the Ztl while viale Regione Siciliana is in total chaos, with the narrowing of the Corleone bridge and the closure of the stretch at via Principe di Paternò, sounds like a real attack on the city and the Palermo people. Forced to live all day in the car. Not to mention that via Roma, in the stretch outside the Ztl, is still affected by construction sites, as is via Ruggero Settimo. Furthermore, someone tell Giusto Catania that the Coronavirus emergency is far from over, that gatherings should not be encouraged even on buses which, moreover, in Palermo are in ridiculous numbers ”.

“Only the commissioner – concluded the representative of the Lega – who managed to make the city of Palermo the busiest in Italy, as the Tomtom index states, could have had such an idea. While Palermo is submerged by rubbish, hundreds of coffins are stacked at the cemetery of the Rolls, no one takes care of the maintenance of the streets, the city is in full economic recession and many businesses risk not opening anymore, a priority of the councilor Catania the reactivation of the LTZ. We appeal to the mayor Orlando, remove the councilor Catania from the council and let the city breathe a little ”.

Pending the actual reactivation of the Restricted Traffic Zone next week, we can expect this to be just the beginning of a confrontation that will continue in the days to come.

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