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Planning for Troodos observatory in final stages

The Troodos observatory is in the final planning stages, the working group for its establishment told President Nicos Anastasiades on Monday during a meeting at the presidential palace.

After the meeting, Troodos Development Director Klelia Vassiliou told reporters, among other things, that the working group is happy but cautious, adding “now the difficult part regarding the subject of the observatory is about to start.”

“We are already undergoing the final talks on signing the financing agreement that will be made within the next few days and we are ready to get started,” she said.

Asked how much the project would cost, she replied that the total cost would be approximately €1.6 million, €800,000 of which havs been allocated to the building. The remaining money is needed for the equipment, for paths and the general improvement of the area outside the small village of Agridia near Chandria where the observatory will be located. The project is going to be delivered within three years.

“We are now in the process of drafting the terms of the tender for the appointment of the architect for the implementation of the project. A basic design has already been made, the town planning licence has already been issued. The building permit remains to be issued,” she explained.

Architects Nicodemus and Elena Tsolakis in September won the planning permission for the astronomical research centre in the Troodos mountain range with a design which has been inspired by science fiction movies, especially Star Wars.

The working group includes, among others, the forestry department, the Troodos development company, the game fund and the University of Nicosia which is in charge of technological issues surrounding the project.

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