The European Commission and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Friday announced the completion of the project for the new bi-communal Nicosia Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The project – with a total budget of approximately €29 million was jointly funded by the Sewerage Board of Nicosia (70 per cent), and the European Union under the Aid Programme for the Turkish Cypriot community (30 per cent).
The project was implemented by the United Nations Development Programme in the framework of the Partnership for the Future (UNDP-PFF) Programme and was the biggest project carried out by UNDP-PFF in Cyprus.
The project is said to represent an important example of bi-communal cooperation in Cyprus. The Nicosia Wastewater Treatment plant began operating in 1980. In 2003, it began facing environmental problems and the decision was taken to modernise the facilities. Work on the new, state-of-the-art plant began in March 2010 and it was put into trial operations in June 2013.
A special inaugural event will be held at the plant on Tuesday attended by representatives of the two communities in Nicosia, Constantinos Yiorkadjis and Kadri Fellahoğlu, and by Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, and Olivier Adam, UNDP Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS.
A symbolic action consisting in unveiling of the plaque and watering of olive trees with treated water from the plant will follow.
The European Union fully supported the project from its inception, fully financing the design of the new plant and covering 30 per cent of the costs of its construction. The United Nations Development Programme promoted and facilitated dialogue between the two communities since the very beginning in the 1980s and oversaw the implementation of the design,