BBC WEDNESDAY: Czechs planned 'Adriatic tunnel'
Plans for a tunnel linking Bolivia to the Pacific Ocean have been unveiled by three architects who say it could put an end to a 130 year-old dispute between the landlocked country and its neighbour, Chile.
The three Chilean architects claim the tunnel would allow Bolivia to regain access to the sea since it was defeated by Chile in the Pacific War in 1879.
This has been one of Bolivia's main demands for years, and is still strongly voiced by current President Evo Morales.
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Officials in the former communist Czechoslovakia had planned to build an underground rail link under Austria to the Adriatic, a Czech newspaper says.
The 410km-long (255 miles) tunnel would have drastically shortened the journey to the seaside for the landlocked country, Lidove Noviny reports.
The earth from the excavation would be dumped in the sea to form an artificial Czechoslovak island - Adriaport.
But the 1975 plan never got off - or under - the ground, the newspaper says.
The plan was proposed by Professor Karel Zlabek.
He devised a railway tunnel that would have linked the town of Ceske Budejovice, in south Bohemia, and the port of Koper in what is now Slovenia, then Yugoslavia.
- IF THESE WERE REALLY GOOD IDEAS, THEN PRIVATE CAPITAL WOULD BE HAPPY FINANCE THEM.
- PERHAPS THESE PINKO PROFESSORS SHOULD STOP PLANNING HUGE GOVERNMENT BOONDOGGLES AND GET BACK TO TEACHING THE THREE R'S.
- PROFESSORS - LIKE BUREAUCRATS - ARE NOT DOERS; THAT'S WHY THEY DESIRE A STRONG STATE: TO DELIVER THE "DREAMS" THEY WON'T RISK THEIR OWN CAPITAL OR SWEAT ON.