Bridge over the Strait and compensation, money also for the… “almost expropriated” of Messina and Calabria


By John

The Strait of Messina listens and then gives the answers it can give. Two months after the appointment with Cipess called to give its opinion on the final project with, if positive, a consequent declaration of public utility, the phase of discussion with citizens involves technical but not economic contents. You can ask the company's engineers for every detail about the project, about the future of your property, but it is useless to ask anything about compensation because the answers will come in a second phase.

«It's time for explanations to those on the expropriation list – explains Lorenzo Falciai, communications manager for the Strait of Messina -. There are 230 requests for meetings, 180 of which are in Messina, where there is more construction than on the Calabrian side. Among the most important questions we could answer, there is more than expropriation. There is enslavement which is not a total loss of private property, temporary expropriations for the bare minimum of the time of the works. And then there is also the issue of the “real estate frontists”. This is a case of houses or even land that are in limbo. That is, they would not be affected by any type of measure, but they are just outside the expropriation boundary and very close to the construction site. «They may suffer a reduction in sunshine – explains Falciai – or the typical inconveniences due to noise or dust. These are all cases for which compensation is provided also because there is a loss in the value of the home.”
However, this group of residents of properties on the front was not included in the list of expropriations which led to the start of the dialogue with the Stretto al Palacultura. “It's true – says Falciai – but we are available to talk about it and know their condition.” On the issue linked to the quantification of the various compensations, everything is postponed to June when all interested parties will be contacted and will receive a concrete proposal. There is also an extra bonus linked, for example, to moving expenses with an average of 20 thousand euros. «Following the communication of the compensation proposal that will be formulated by the Strait of Messina – says Falciai – based on the market value, there will be a “negotiation” phase with each of the expropriated parties which will contradictively determine the value of the house».
It should be added that a conciliation and third-party judgment phase is foreseen (in this case extended over time) which is useful for resolving the differences on the economic quantification of the compensation but which cannot stop the actual expropriation. And this too, that of the “time factor”, is an evaluation that many will not underestimate in the negotiation phase.