The Council for Development and Reconstruction carries on with construction works on the controversial "2L" bridge in Jal al-Dib on Jan. 11, 2018. (The Daily Star/Gasia Trtrian)
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Construction work has resumed on the Cabinet-approved Jal al-Dib bridge, despite a decision issued by the Shura Council to halt construction after protests by local residents. The council's decision to temporarily halt the building of the new bridge was issued on Dec. 19, after local residents, shop owners, and a committee from Mar Abda Church – which is located near the planned bridge – voiced their complaints to the administrative court and demanded action.The decision also urged the Council for Development and Reconstruction – tasked with the construction of the bridge – to provide the Shura Council with updated maps, documentation and studies showing the environmental impact of the construction.While the bridge currently under construction is estimated to cost between $22 and $23 million, Attiyeh said the "U" shaped alternative would cost more than double that – around $72 million.Abou-Jaoudeh explained that environmental impact also included the economic and social effects associated with such issues.However, the lawyer added that he was more concerned about the dismissal of the Shura Council's decision. In the case of the Jal al-Dib bridge, Cabinet has already given its approval.
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