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PD urges PAC and Auditor General to look into SmartCity land speculation

The Democratic Party continues to allege that SmartCity property is being used for residential development and insists that the Public Accounts Committee and Auditor General launch an immediate investigation
 

Denise Grech
19 August 2017, 10:28am
Last updated on 19 August 2017, 10:33am
MPs Marlene and Godfrey Farrugia announced last week that they will not contest for leadership of Partit Demokratiku in the Annual General Meeting in September
MPs Marlene and Godfrey Farrugia announced last week that they will not contest for leadership of Partit Demokratiku in the Annual General Meeting in September
Partit Demokratiku has once again called for the Attorney General and Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee to investigate SmartCity land use after allegations that the land was being sold for residential development surfaced.

“We feel it is our duty to appeal for the immediate investigation of the SmartCity land use because of the urgency of the reports that property agents are selling private property,” MP Godfrey Farrugia said.

PD claims that SmartCity Malta Ltd is reselling commercial land as residential areas, allowing it to make a greater profit off the price of the land.

No approval from the Planning Authority was obtained before these residential plots were sold, said the party’s outgoing leader Marlene Farrugia.

The PD criticised the government, which retains a 10% stake in SmartCity, for refusing to intercede with the company’s reselling of land.

“The PL is guilty of what it once alleged PN would do,” the PD said in their previous letter to the Auditor General. In 2013, the PL alleged that the PN, who was in government at the time, would use the plot of land for speculation.

The Auditor General recommended the party forward its request to the Public Accounts committee, which will investigate the claims.