A country immersed lockdown, one where a national emergency has only just been declared, one though not gripped yet in modern day ruins but stifled – and extensively so- by an unforeseeable virus form- is still putting its energies into a massive infrastructure project. A project that aims to provide new meaning and substance to its ties with its key European powerhouse! Nothing ever stops, nothing ever comes in way of progress and development- not even the COVID 19 enforced pandemic.
In an information age where more often than not, talks simply concern themselves with critical infrastructure and artificial intelligence, we are perhaps forgetting the fact that physical infrastructure is just as important. And lest it is forgotten, since there’s this forlorn unexpressed rule of life that things that are key are easily ignored, physical infrastructure will continue to drive discussion, generate employment, continue to define cities and therefore, countries the way they look and the way they will be.
Having said that, what’s important to note and one notes it gladly so is that even in this COVID-riddled era and times of pandemic where things may never have seemed the way they are, countries continue to throw their weight behind the coming up of physical infrastructure. Take Germany, the country that, as on date, has lost no fewer than 100,000 due to COVID 19, for example.
A much talked about project in the realm of rail and road tunnel construction, which was always aimed at Germany’s connectivity to Denmark, is now on its way and nothing has come in the way of Deutschland’s “Immer Machtig” spirit, not even a giant killer called the Coronavirus to build, create and make in these times!
That being said, let’s come to grips with this massive rail and road tunnel construction project that is all set to, by its completion, connect Germany to Denmark and thus, lend a new dimension to the spirit of urban transportation by the means of physical infrastructure!
The following inputs were taken from the website of Euro News, who had some telling details about the prosperous infra project:
The €7 billion project under the Baltic Sea is set to be completed by 2029.
The Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link will slash train journey times between Hamburg and the Danish capital Copenhagen to under three hours.
Work has already begun on the Danish side but it wasn’t until today that construction began on the German side in Puttgarden.
Danish firm Femern A/S says it will be the world’s longest rail and road tunnel.
“The Fehmarnbelt connection is an incredibly important construction project for both Denmark and Germany, indeed for the whole of Europe,” said Danish transport minister Benny Engelbrecht.
“It is a milestone in the long history of the Fehmarnbelt connection, and I am glad that today we have put the shovel in the ground in Puttgarden, so we are now working on both sides towards the common goal.”
The tunnel, once complete will actually take cars no more than 10 minutes- and trains- seven minutes to cover the void between the two nations. Having said that, the overall length of the tunnel project that Germany is encouragingly working on to complete is 18 kms.
Once rendered complete, the project will add a fresh dimension to tourism and trade ties and commerce between the two sophisticated European powers.