Refurbishment work on the Corinth Canal will finally begin in January as the Ministry of Environment and Energy gave the green light.
Among them, the implementation of urgent technical work to restore and eliminate damage to the slope from the side of the Peloponnese from avalanches with an area of about 15,000-20,000 sq. M. As a result of the landslide, the Corinth Canal is still closed and navigation has been discontinued.
According to the relevant provision of the law, the project is exempted from the obligation to comply with the environmental licensing process due to the urgency and emergency of the work.
By the same decision, the body responsible for the operation of the Corinth Canal must, within two years, fulfill the requirements of the above legislation for the entire project. Namely: to submit a study of the environmental impact during the operation and maintenance of the canal to the competent environmental authority.
Recall that the Corinth Canal, one of the most important infrastructure facilities in modern Greece, has remained closed to maritime traffic since January 2021. But in fact, he has already ceased to be available. from mid-November 2020, after a series of landslides.
According to research carried out by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, the displacement of rocks and the collapse was due to heavy rainfall and soil erosion.
The peculiar geological composition of the slopes of the Corinth Strait leads to the fact that periodically there is a landslide, as a result of which the navigable channel is closed for long periods of time.