Mayor of Dherynia Andros Karagiannis has welcomed the announcement by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) regarding the signing of the contract for road works at Dherynia crossing point, that are due to be completed in five months.
Speaking to CNA, the mayor said he hoped that by the end of 2016 the crossing point would open.
“We hope that everything will proceed smoothly. The opening of the checkpoint at Dherynia will lead to the occupied town of Famagusta,” he said.
The mayor noted that the entire government-controlled district of Famagusta would benefit as it would make the crossings by Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots easier and faster.
Some 75 per cent of Dherynia land, which is located on the north-east side of Cyprus, is under occupation.
Road works under the contract will cover only the section of the road in the northern part. The project is fully funded by the European Union and the cost of the works is estimated at €938,000.
The tender for Lefka-Aplici crossing has been relaunched and will close Friday.
In Dherynia, the overall length of the road to be improved is 2,750 metres.