Comment: Hesitating Republic of Germany
Created: 07/01/2023, 07:00
By: Hans Moritz
Hans Moritz, Editor-in-Chief of the Erdinger/Dorfener Anzeiger.
© Studio Mohr Erding
S-Bahn ring closure and flood protection are examples that planning in Germany takes far too long.
That provokes millions of additional costs.
No project has gotten better because of this, comments editor-in-chief Hans Moritz.
At the beginning of a new year, people like to look ahead to what's coming up in the next twelve months - quite a lot in Erdinger Land.
Two large projects are likely to go through the approval process, and the planning approval decision for one mammoth project is expected this year.
On the one hand, both the city of Erding and the Munich Water Management Office finally want their flood protection for the ditches and the Sempt to be approved.
The planning approval process is likely to start this year.
On the other hand, the building permit for the Erding–Schwaigerloh/airport ring closure section, including the railway tunnel between the air base and the city park, is expected in 2023.
One should be more careful when it comes to the plan approval decision for the Erdinger northern bypass.
Could be something this year, but doesn't have to be.
There is no question that with the appropriate approvals, the major projects will take an important step forward.
But you can't really be happy about them, they've been planned and discussed for too long.
Welcome to the procrastinating republic of Germany.
In this country, planning and public participation have grown into bureaucratic monsters.
As a reminder: Flood protection was initiated after the flood of the century in 2013 - that was ten years ago this year.
The danger remains.
Closing the gap in the ring closure, if approved this year, will come 31 years after the airport went into operation.
And the number of years since the northern bypass has only been hanging on the drawing board is now in double digits.
Even if the permits are in place, it can still be several years before the excavators move in.
Only then can legal action be taken.
And legal follow-up battles are considered certain for all three projects.
What this can mean in practice can be seen from the airport tangent: when it was fully passable in 2010, it already proved to be undersized - and now has to be expanded after the traffic artery had become narrower with each judgment.
In addition, with every year that is wasted, projects become more expensive, by the millions.
It's always taxpayer money.
For this reason alone, Germany must finally become faster in terms of infrastructure.
The demand to streamline the planning processes is rightly getting louder.
Do we really need several rounds of interpretation and discussion and then a right to sue?
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