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Larnaca hospital in 2 years, despite delay

Communications Minister Marios Demetriades during his visit at the site (CNA)

By George Psyllides

THE extension of the Larnaca general hospital will be ready in two years, as disagreements with the contractor have delayed the project, Communications Minister Marios Demetriades said yesterday.

Speaking during a visit at the site, Demetriades said differences had to be resolved with the contractor but an agreement was made and work has restarted.

The minister said financial differences always came up and they were resolved through certain procedures.

It was not up to him how the dispute would be resolved, he said, expressing hope that the project will now go ahead.

“This does not mean that certain unjustified demands must be satisfied for the project to go ahead,” Demetrides said. “Our desire is to find a good solution so that the project, which I believe is important for Larnaca, can be completed.”

DISY MP Zaharias Zahariou said the delays will be discussed in parliament.

“It looks like there is a one year delay, something unacceptable since the project is necessary for the town and district,” he said.

The company, Zahariou said, has given assurances that it will expedite work but it will not make up for the lost time.

“But a bug effort will be made to speed up procedures to complete the project as soon as possible,” he said.

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