A general view of Al-Tal square in Tripoli, Monday, March 2, 2015. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)
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A controversial project to build an underground parking lot in Tripoli is expected to kick off in a few days, despite significant opposition from residents of Lebanon's second largest city.Sources said the Internal Security Forces would need 200 personnel to direct traffic during the project, a number not available right now.Activists in Tripoli argue that the history that Al-Tal Square represents would be compromised by the construction project.Implemented by the Council of Development and Reconstruction, the project involves drilling 15 meters underground to build a huge parking garage. At the beginning, when Mayor Nader Ghazal was in power, the council approved the project and provided two parcels of land in the square for the project."It has been six months now and the council's manners have not changed, and news – including details about illegal deals related to Al-Tal Square – is circulating,"He said that in a bid to mislead people and make them think that the municipality opposed the project, news emerged in September that the municipality was preparing a $50,000 study to improve the square.
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