PUBLIC works undertaken during the previous term of office of the Balearic government - led during that period by Partido Popular president Jaume Matas - are very much in the spotlight at the moment with more than one project being the subject of fraud squad auditing. Added to the list of infrastructure schemes under investigation yesterday was the most ambitious and costly of them all - Palma's metro.
The present Socialist coalition government led by Francesc Antich has decided to put the irregularities that have emerged in relation to the metro project and the transport hub in Plaza Espanya into the hands of legal experts. The move intends to establish whether any person or persons should bear criminal responsibility for technical and political management of this project which took a multi-million euro chunk out of government funding - some sections of which have still not been justified. If the expert findings confirm that this is the case, the matter will be handed over to the Public Prosecution service of the Balearic Islands.
Currently under scrutiny are two technical audits carried out by the regional Transport ministry on the serious structural deficiences of the metro system which emerged shortly after it opened - the whole line was forced to close in Autumn last year due to repeated flooding. It has only recently reopened.