THE new wing of the Larnaca general hospital will be completed by the end of next year, some nine months after the initial deadline, as works were interrupted following disputes between the contactor and the government, Works and Transport Minister Marios Demetriades said on Friday.
Demetriades briefed the House transport committee on the progress of the project and the delays that occurred as works were interrupted in July due to the contractual disputes.
Work will soon be back on track following an agreement between the contractor, the Variations and Claims Commission (Κeaa) and the department of public works, Demetriades told MPs.
The €27m project was expected to be completed by March next year, but the new completion date has been pushed back to end of 2017, he said, which will upgrade medical services in Larnaca. Construction work began in the second half of 2013.
The head of the committee, Diko’s Giorgos Prokopiou, said that construction work on the new wing is to resume on Monday.
“We gave a final warning to everyone that this is the last time an extension is granted,” he said. He added that the delay did not cause any financial burdens, and that the budget remains as is.
Prokopiou said that the committee also discussed the lack of parking space at the Larnaca hospital, as the current car park is being utilised for the extension of the hospital.
“There is a major problem as regards parking at the hospital,” he said.
At present, hospital visitors use the parking space of the nearby Ayios Georgios church. Another temporary solution, Prokopiou said, would be the transfer of patients and visitors who could park at the GSZ stadium car park with mini buses. This proposal awaits the opinion of the transport ministry, he said.
Disy MP Zacharias Zachariou said that the public works department has made a preliminary study on building a new multi storey car park, but that no decision was taken yet for its construction. The new car park is expected to cost around €18m.