The government urgently needs to invest €2.3mln for maintenance of the capital’s road infrastructure, according to Nicosia Mayor Constantinos Yiorkadjis.
The mayor alerted the government to this in a series of letters to the Public Works department and the Permanent Secretary of the Communications ministry Alecos Michaelides.
The latest was sent this September when areas of Nicosia were flooded due to heavy rain and the subject became pressing once again.
“Following our letter dated August 8, 2014, and in preparation of the state budget for 2016, I remind you that much of the road network in the capital is worn-out and at the same time extremely busy with traffic,” the mayor said.
He said many roads were in urgent need of repair as they have become unsafe. Yorkadjis added that the municipality was unable to adequately maintain these roads after cuts in state funding.
The problem concerns main roads, which fall under the government’s jurisdiction. Necessary measures include the construction of better pavements, drainage systems and surfaces.
Yiorkadjis attached a list with 50 roads which need repair and estimated that a budget of € 2.3 million was needed.
To tackle the problem the municipality has already evaluated the state of roads in Nicosia and prioritised the necessary works, a spokesman for the municipality said on Monday. He added that in the past year, 50 roads have been paved and 20 pavements have been repaired by the Nicosia Sewerage Board due to the construction of the sewage system.
The municipality is focussing on building drains to prevent problems during torrential rains, on proper planning of roads for pedestrians and vehicles and a layout of spaces for parking where possible.