The majority of classrooms in Catalunya are still without an internet connection it was reported today (article in Castilian). The project, launched by the Department of Education two and a half years ago with funding of €48 millon has yet to complete its initial target with less than half of the 2001 centres included in the project (now 2030) still without internet in the classroom. Launched by then Minister of Education, Marta Cid in May 2005 it was proposed that by the end of 2007 / start of 2008, all education centres would have internet services. Her successor, Joan Manuel del Pozo, presented, the project that is currently underway in August 2006. At present around 400 classrooms are up and running, with 600 fully equipped to go.
Ramon Garcia-Bragado, the Deputy Mayor of Barcelona and Urbanism yesterday added his weight to the Government's proposal from last year of lowering toll charges for cars with more passengers (article in Castilian) and also added two alternative proposals specifically for the Vallvidrera tunnel, the most direct access to the city from the surrounding valley. Speaking in an interview with Catalunya Informació, Garcia-Bragado claimed that the toll should be more expensive to go into the city in order to discourage private car use. With a view to reducing congestion within the city, he also suggested increasing the charge for cars that pollute more. The Generalitat, which is responsible for the regulation of the toll charges, declined to comment on these proposals yesterday.
According to the World Health Organisation, Barcelona doesn't have enough green space. The organisation has stated that parks and urban green spaces are essential not only for the comfort and quality of life but are also necessary to preserve citizen's health. The Catalan capital has an average of 6.6 square metres of green space per capita which falls far below the recommended 10-15 square metres. Barcelona has 68 parks totaling 559 hectares acres, however the statistic does not factor in the forest areas, which account for 1795 hectares, thanks to the Collserola park. Since 2003, no new green areas have been added to the city.