ALTHOUGH constructing a jetty at the Kato Paphos harbour is not financially viable for the government, it is willing to pass on the project to a private investor, Transport minister Marios Demetriades said on Thursday.
The project plans for small vessels to take passengers to cruise lines that anchor outside Paphos harbour as it is too small to allow them to dock.
Speaking at the House communication and works committee, Demetriades said a study revealed the jetty would cost €7m with an additional €10m to operate it and purchase vessels that take the passengers to the pier.
“We are also ready to offer financial support to make the project sustainable,” he said.
Meanwhile, a tender for the Larnaca port and marina development is likely to be called in the first three months of 2016 he said.
The ministry will consider the possibility of viewing them as separate projects and by the end of the month they will call for tender to hire consultants with proposals on how the project will develop – most of which will be focused on land development.
It is still undecided whether the marina development and port will be announced as separate tenders or as one, as was originally the case with Zenon consortium that ended in a flop after several extensions due to lack of funding.