28 Oct, 2011 @ 16:43
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Experts pour cold water on scheme to connect Alhambra with Granada city via lift and tunnel

AN ambitious scheme to connect the famous Alhambra palace with the city of Granada via a series of lifts and tunnels has been put on hold.

Technical experts called in to judge the practicalities of the initiative have poured cold water on the project highlighting legal and economic ‘complexities’ despite ruling it is ‘technically viable’.

Granada City Hall is promoting the project to encourage thousands of tourists who visit the famous monument to also come to the city but the board of the Alhambra are concerned it may cause archaeological damage.

Maria del Mar Villafranca, the Director of the Board, said she did not rule out the project was ‘viable’, but said her duty was to safeguard the ‘integrity’ and ‘authenticity’ of the monument.

Meanwhile the latest round of debate concluded that the proposal failed to establish the potential tourist benefits, and there was no guarantee the lift would not be seen negatively by visitors.

Undeterred however the City Hall has brushed off the committee ruling as ‘insufficient’ and has now launched its own study to address the concerns.

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