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Plans to protect Aglandja waiting for contractor

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The Skali area of Aglandja

The first phase of a million-euro project to protect homes from landslides in the Skali area of Aglandjia in Nicosia is due to start in the near future, mayor Andreas Constantinou said on Monday following a meeting of the House interior committee.

The municipality has been trying to solve the issue since 2000 and was informed by the mayor of the need to find a surveyor to move ahead with the plans to protect the area.

He said the study was completed in 2017, and the first phase could begin immediately and cost half of the million-euro budget, but has not yet been contracted out. The first phase will focus on the area around Skali, which is characterised as the red zone. It includes mostly state-owned land.

The second phase, which covers the yellow zone, includes many homes, making it dangerous for the area’s inhabitants, as a potential landslide could damage homes and kill people.

“Residents need to also take necessary measures so we will not have any victims,” Constantinou said:

The third phase of the plan, scheduled as the last, is Andrea Kalvou street.

Constantinou said a surveyor for this area is urgently needed as there was a landslide in 2018, which closed a part of the caves underneath the Skali.

The head of the committee, Akel MP Eleni Mavrou said specific and effective measures need to be taken.

She added the municipality is prepared to announce a contest for the works of the first phase of the project.

The interior ministry needs to also start thinking about how the second and third phases of the project will be financed, she said.

Mavrou added the House committee would monitor the issue as urgency is needed.

 

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