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Greens concerned over construction projects in Akamas

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The Green Party expressed strong concern on Friday about construction projects currently underway in Akamas.

The works being carried out under the pretext of improving the road network involve deep cuts in the natural topography and inappropriate retaining walls, the greens say, once again revealing a lack of perception about the uniqueness of the peninsula and the imperative need to protect it using proper design.

“The expected explanation […] will be that these works are necessary for visitors with private vehicles, for which more than 650 parking spaces have been provided. Our position remains that safe and controlled access should be done with small national park buses,” the greens stated, adding that the creation of unnecessary infrastructure comes with financial and environmental costs.

In its statement, the Green Party disparaged the ongoing lack of adequate information to the public and the absence of substantial public consultation, which, it said, confirms the outgoing government’s “authoritarian methods in carrying out destructive actions”.

The party called on the minister of agriculture to inform the public as to whether the projects are being carried out based on the design and the tenders that have been awarded.

“We call on the government to immediately end the works,” the greens’ statement concluded, and demanded immediate information as well as public consultation, in accordance with what it termed “elementary European” procedure.

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