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MPs call for a rethink of Tseri Avenue plan

Tseri road shopkeepers protesting the plans (Photo: Christos Theodorides)

By Andria Kades

ANY decision over the much debated Tseri Avenue needs to be taken after proper study, House Interior committee chairman Yiannos Lamaris said on Thursday.

“Every time there is a reconstruction of a road in any town there are always different views by the relevant authorities, residents and particularly business people in the area.”

What is happening in the case of Tseri Avenue is a pattern similar to what would happen in Lakatamia and Ayias Filaxeos in Limassol.

“Parliament can’t be expected to have an opinion for each road,” he added. Authorities need to conduct studies to assess the situation and find the best solution.

Not all roads can lead to the centre of Nicosia with dual lanes, traffic islands and fast lanes and it cannot be the centre of all commercial activities with businesses declining in the suburbs, he said.

“We hope that the community council that will convene (on June 16), takes the wisest decision and based on that, parliament will take action,” the MP said.

The final plan outlines that driving towards Nicosia there will be two lanes with an island in the middle and a third lane with a right turn. Leaving the capital and going towards the Cyta roundabout there will be one lane and a second one with a right turn, several pedestrian crossings with lights and pavements two to three metres wide. There will also be about 270 parking places along the way.

Greens Party leader Giogos Perdikis said it was unacceptable that in the 21st century there was such a big project without a study to assess the consequences.

He said the reason there was such a big rush to get the project moving was because some politicians are keen to present the public with a project.

“We all want projects but these projects need to be done in the right way so we don’t cry over the ruins.”

Earlier this week, disgruntled residents and shop owners along Tseri Avenue said they planned to report the government to EU authorities for possible waste of public funds should the redevelopment of the street materialise in its present form.

This came less than a week after Interior minister Socratis Hasikos said in an unequivocal tone that the planned redevelopment would go ahead despite opposition. The Tseri Avenue Initiative said they would continue to prevent the current plans from being implemented and would proceed with drastic measures.

The Initiative has been long protested against the redevelopment because, they say, its planning was outdated and would close down 150 businesses, leaving more than 1,000 people out of work.

Residents and shop owners in the area had proposed modifications to the original plans, that had been drafted a decade ago and for which the municipality only secured funding this year.

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