Roadworks are still going on in central Larnaca as part of efforts to cater to the needs of the disabled, the municipality said on Wednesday.
The project involves the redevelopment of roads and pavements in the context of a sustainable urban development plan.
As a seaside town, most of Larnaca’s commercial roads and cultural sights are accessible on foot, which makes it vital for the centre to become more accessible and attractive, said mayor Andreas Vyras.
“The municipality is very proud to see Larnaca taking the form we envisioned through this project, which will see the centre being transformed in the next 3-4 years,” he said.
Armenian Church and Kordiktonos streets have been handed over, with works now focusing on the construction of a new square near the Mediaeval Castle and on the area around the Grand Mosque. Works are also underway in the historic Agios Lazaros area, which is full of listed buildings in need of reconstruction, said the mayor.
Works in the Armenian Church street area have included the installation of underground cables and a rainwater drainage system. Vyras added that the road has been paved, 12 trees have been planted and 40 flowerpots placed along the pavements.
The first phase of works is expected to be completed between June and July, after which the rest of the planned projects will go ahead, he said.
The project cost close to €2 million and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, under the Operational Programme “Competitiveness and Sustainable Development 2014-2020”.