(by Gianluigi Basilietti)
The dawn of a new day in Amatrice has the appearance of cranes and scaffolding that tell us that, six years later the terrible shock, the reconstruction was started. Even if with great effort. The visit to the main construction sites – lDon Minozzi orphanage, the tunnel of the sub-services in the historic center and the hospital – organized by the commissioner structure together with the Municipality and the Lazio Region, on the eve of the sixth anniversary of the earthquake that caused the destruction and death of 303 people (239 only in Amatrice), it has the flavor of an injection of confidence that translates into both words of the commissioner Giovanni Legnini than in those of the mayor Giorgio Cortellesi which, however, does not send them to tell the “highest institutional authorities” that this year, he stresses, they are deserting the anniversary. An emphasis that could however see some exceptions, especially among politicians.
In fact, the presence in the Rieti center of the Lega leader Matteo Salvini and some other big names is not excluded.
“Today in Amatrice – explains the commissioner – they are open 485 yardsabout forty in the historic center and some condominiums have been returned “.” This – he adds – it is the real year of reconstruction and I say it objectively, without any triumphalism. “When asked how much it will take to rebuild Amatrice, the commissioner is clear:” It depends on the pace of presentation of the projects. ” have “held back” the reconstruction of the seismic crater, he points out that “it has been an obstacle race in the last two years. Each time we have tried to overcome all the difficulties, now I hope that everything can proceed quickly “.
The mayor imagining the Amatrice of the future – “We will become the most beautiful village in Italy” – has not digested what he calls “absence of politics”. “Who in this sixth anniversary has forgotten us – explains Cortellesi – We would have liked the presence of the high offices of the State, starting with the Prime Minister, Mario Draghi and I say this with the utmost respect for the Minister Maria Cristina Messa who will be tomorrow in Amatrice “. “On the other hand, we do not feel forgotten in an absolute sense because the attention of Italians towards our situation is still great”, added the mayor.
“On the reconstruction front, this is the year of the restartwe are at the dawn of a new day “, said with conviction Cortellesi, who does not forget a thought to the victims:” We owe the reconstruction to them and their families. “If the civic tower remained standing in the historic center soil is one of the icons of the 2016 earthquake, the recovery of Don Minozzi is strategic for the future, even economic, of the once rebuilt Lazio town. Don Minozzi was a gigantic complex created to give a future to war orphans. Its recovery – is the largest private construction site in the reconstruction, financed with 43.8 million euros – is led by the starchitect Stefano Boeri who has completely rethought it. “Don Minozzi – explains the architect – will be one of the great components of the rebirth of Amatrice and will also be rebuilt with its rubble and this is an interesting process, both in terms of circular economy and for a specific symbolic value”.