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Amsterdam: Kilometers of canal walls need urgent repairs

AP  |  Amsterdam 

Years of neglect combined with from heavy trucks driving next to Amsterdam's famous canals have left kilometres of walls at risk of subsiding and in urgent need of repair, the city's municipality said Thursday.

A report commissioned by the city says that repairing infrastructure such as walls and bridges is "a complex, large and urgent" task.

Municipality, which is responsible for maintaining some 1,600 bridges, 600 kilometres of walls and five traffic tunnels, said the report found that 10 kilometres of the walls are in very bad condition and at elevated risk of subsiding.

City councilor said urgent action is needed.

"We have to be more careful with all the beautiful things this city has to offer. We owe that to residents and visitors to the city, but also to future generations," she said.

"That's why we need to take action. That has not happened enough in recent years because maintenance is not a sexy subject, but it is essential for the city."

The city was addressing some of the problems even before the report's publication.

Authorities have already closed or partially closed six bridges and taken emergency measures at some of the most vulnerable canal walls.

They also have closed part of the historic downtown to trucks weighing more than 7.5 tons and the city said in a statement it will develop a policy to deter more heavy traffic from its streets.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, February 07 2019. 22:05 IST