THE Interior Ministry wants to renegotiate the contract of the waste disposal unit in Koshi to try and further cut the fees paid by Larnaca and Famagusta district residents, having already been reduced by a third in July.
“We now have figures with which to justify our arguments after we received the findings of an inquiry which was ordered in July,” Hasikos said after a meeting with the unit’s management committee made up of the municipal and community leaders from Larnaca, Aradippou and Famagusta.
Hasikos had ordered an inquiry as the contract signed by the previous administration was believed to be extremely favourable to the private contractor, resulting in high garbage fees for local residents.
“Following the inquiry we now have numbers to go along with our arguments which should persuade the contractor to reduce the charges even more,” he said.
“Administrative errors have been made. Whether any criminal offences have been made is for the attorney-general (AG) to decide,” Hasikos said, adding that the inquiry is in the AG’s hands, and that at first glance there would appear that criminal offences were committed.
Larnaca Mayor Andreas Louroudjiatis who heads the management committee said that a very poor agreement was made regarding the waste disposal unit at Koshi and that the inquiry was the Interior Ministry’s responsibility.
“The reality is that Larnaca and Famagusta district residents are paying very high fees for waste disposal compared to other districts,” he said.
“It is very encouraging that the Minister is ready to help renegotiate the contract to reduce fees even further,” Louroudjiatis added.
More than half the €24 fee reduction of the original charge was effectively subsidised by the government, which put up an extra €10.5m to ensure the price dropped.