Cyprus Mail

Minister gives green light for Paphos projects

Shopkeepers demonstrate over the location of the bus terminal

By Bejay Browne

THE minister of communications and works has given the green light to a number of projects in Paphos that will greatly enhance the town, according to the mayor.
“The ministry is aiming to serve the best interests of all of Paphos,” said minister Marios Demetriades.

Speaking after a meeting yesterday between the minister and town officials, mayor of Paphos Savvas Vergas said: “We held a very productive and successful meeting today and took some important decisions regarding Paphos.”

Several development projects concerning the town were discussed, said Vergas. He added that reassurance was also given to city centre shop-owners who demonstrated outside the town hall during the meeting, over the possible new location of a bus station, which they say will kill off trade.

“We will hold another meeting on the subject of Paphos’ bus stations in the coming days, no final decisions have been made and at present the terminals at Karavella and Kato Paphos will remain operational,” Vergas said.

Shop keepers oppose the idea of creating a terminal close to the Kings Avenue mall, saying it will encourage shoppers away from their area.

Representative of the shop-owners, Kyriacos Kyriacou presented the minister with a formal request that the main bus terminal servicing Paphos needs to be located at Karavella which is in the centre of the town and is a hub for activities and events connected with ‘Pafos 2017.’

Vergas stressed his support for the protesters and said that he would not allow a bus terminal to be created opposite the mall, despite a request by the Paphos transport organisation (OSYPA).

However, the minister stressed the importance of having an operational bus terminal in Kato Paphos, as it is a busy area especially during the summer months. He said that more than 80 per cent of passengers’ travel there but he said that the ministry is open to the suggestion of alternative locations.

Vergas said that two other projects were discussed: the ongoing works on the Tomb of the Kings road and the new road connecting Paphos airport with the coastal area of Kato Paphos.

“The minster has agreed to speed up work on the Tomb of the Kings road, with work also taking place on weekends, as will work on the new airport road. This will ensure that it’s completed in 2015”.

The mayor said that Demetriades had also agreed to the repair of the archaeological museum in Griva Digeni Avenue, necessary works at the Archaeological park, as well as infrastructure at Paphos harbour which would allow cruise ships to use the facility.

“He also agreed to look at ways to improve the area of Venus beach, which has a dangerous coastline and has seen many people drown there over the years.”

The minter noted the coastal town’s importance to the island’s tourism industry and said he is aware that action needs to be taken to improve Paphos, especially since it is the European capital of culture 2017.

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