Is it possible to build a tunnel inside a black hole?

Without the tunnel for the railway between Daglfing and Johanneskirchen, the planning department would not have continued with its previous planning for the large new construction area east of this railway line, in which at least 10,000 people are supposed to live. This was explained by Norbert Wendrich, the chief administrative director of the department, on Wednesday evening at the community table for the SEM - as this urban development measure is abbreviated. The city council has not yet formally taken the decision to pay for the tunnel itself, which the railway does not finance. But the town hall coalition had announced that it would stand by the pipe, even if the chamberlain had become quite "nervous", as Wendrich said. But it is "not irrelevant" for the construction area whether the tunnel is coming or not, it is rather the indispensable "initial assumption". Angelika Pilz-Strasser (Greens), the chairwoman of the Bogenhausen district committee, also reassured the citizens who pushed into the hall: she had almost identical letters from the chairman of the SPD city council group, Alexander Reissl, and from the second mayor Josef Schmid (CSU); both stated that there was no alternative.

It will be years before the tunnel is built: The railway will now define its "operational tasks" in order to be able to calculate the costs. The company had also offered the city to determine the concrete costs for the tunnel solution, which will probably amount to more than 700 million euros, of which the city would have to pay around 535 million. It follows the preliminary planning, the correct planning, the plan approval procedure, the construction period of maybe six years: "We are slowly approaching 2030."

The SEM must be advanced in parallel, says Wendrich. Where in the meadows and fields the houses will one day be, where parks will be created, daycare centers and schools built, where the houses grow into the sky and where they tend to remain low, a basic concept has already been developed - in three variants, the "to." 98.5 percent are ready, "added Wendrich. In July, these concept proposals would first be explained to the parliamentary groups, then to the Bogenhausen and Trudering-Riem district committees, and then presented to the city council in autumn. After Christmas, it would be the turn of the citizens and the owners of the land.

Pilz-Strasser advocated showing the drafts to the citizens as soon as possible in an exhibition, because: As soon as they were circulated, they would somehow reach the public anyway and perhaps be heatedly discussed without an official forum for them exist. That could lead to undesirable situations: "The concepts will bloat into bogus in these months." Wendrich stated that they were aware of this. He jokingly added that he might want to retreat to the Seychelles during this time. It would still be January before it was the turn of the citizens, because the official order had to be adhered to, explained the lawyer.

In January, however, no resolutions have been passed or a fait accompli created: "We will have a dialogue with the citizens. We have no desire to mess it up again." In terms of social policy, it is different from two or three decades ago: "The citizen has become an important player." Pilz-Strasser also has the sure impression that public participation in this long-term project does not have an alibi function, but is taken very seriously by the city. In addition, the district committee is responsible for ensuring that citizens' wishes are taken into account. Wendrich said that there will also be a dialogue with the owners: Nobody has to be afraid of being expropriated, the city wants to plan by consensus.

As soon as the three urban planning concepts have become viable, the city must see where the first construction phase can sensibly be started without the rail tunnel having already been built. Since provisional crossings would be necessary for the time the tunnel was being built, they could be used, said Wendrich. Petra Cockrell (CSU and representative of the citizens 'initiative "Englschalking's new development") hopes that such temporary arrangements will not have an eternal life - a warning that was applauded by the regulars' table guests. One citizen suspected that this might be a back door for planning without a tunnel. Herbert Schön also had doubts about the railway, which would then be the builder of the tunnel financed by the city: "They don't even know where the train goes."

Schön also feared that the density in the SEM area would increase to the extent that the possibilities for redensification in other parts of the city reach their limits. The citizens want to prevent only "flat, white blocks" from being built and also fear that the new development area could not get enough infrastructure such as schools or swimming pools, which are already in short supply. Wendrich replied that further planning was normal craft: "We do it like we do other town planning."