The municipalty of Paralimni will receive a grant of €1 million from the transport ministry for the repair of sidewalks from Protaras to Cavo Greco, Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos said on Wednesday.

The announcement came after a meeting the previous day between the minister, the mayor, and members of the Paralimni municipal council, which covered a number of infrastructure-related issues.

A written statement from the ministry said that the project was very important as the sidewalks that will benefit from it are located in a tourist area.

“The Paralimni municipality, which can act as a contracting authority on behalf of the transport ministry, will be able to proceed with the planning, maturation and construction of projects with secured funding from the public works department, which the mayor has accepted,” Karousos said.

“We will proceed with the necessary actions in order to speed up some projects, including the upgrading and improvement of Stadiou Street and intersecting roads that will help to relieve congestion in Paralimni,” he added.

The statement said that the meeting also covered issues relating to the works in the municipality planned by the antiquities department, and recent issues caused by flooding over the past few days.

The minister congratulated the Civil Defence and members of the public who rushed to help those in need and assured that “we will provide whatever help is needed.

“Whenever there are problems relating to public works, they will be recorded by the municipality,” he said, adding that it was decided to install a GPS tracker on storm drains to make it easier to identify issues in the future.

For his part, Paralimni mayor Theodoros Pyrillis thanked the minister, saying that thanks to his interventions, “Paralimni municipality will present a very different face with the start of the tourist season”.