Kalopanayi­o­tis taps into € 23m funds, € 174m for Nicosia

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Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades in­au­gu­rated a public es­ca­la­tor in the scenic vil­lage of Kalopanayi­o­tis on Sun­day, prais­ing the com­mu­nity for ef­fec­tively tap­ping into EU struc­tural and ru­ral funds.

“We con­tinue to face ma­jor hur­dles and have a long way ahead of us, but we will con­tinue on the path of re­form­ing public spend­ing, but also the state’s best pos­si­ble par­tic­i­pa­tion in de­vel­op­ment projects,” he said, af­ter rid­ing in the EUR 1.4 mln pro­ject.

The el­e­va­tor pro­ject, that is 50% fi­nanced by EU struc­tural and re­gional funds, was built to solve the prob­lem of trans­port­ing tourists and lo­cals from the up­per lev­els of the vil­lage to the tra­di­tional cen­tre be­low, with­out af­fect­ing or dam­ag­ing the scenic and cob­bled nar­row his­toric streets.

Prais­ing com­mu­nity leader and cre­ator of the Casale Panayi­o­tis agro­tourism ho­tel and spa, Yian­nakis Pa­padouris, the pres­i­dent said that the vil­lage has utilised EUR 9 mln in funds for in­fra­struc­ture projects, while a fur­ther EUR 14 mln were in­vested pri­vately.

“Since 2001, when Pa­padouris took charge as com­mu­nity leader, spe­cific projects were in­tro­duced that helped pre­vent the down­fall of the vil­lage and re­vived it to the stage that it won the EDEN prize as a Euro­pean des­ti­na­tion of ex­cel­lence for tourism and re­vival of nat­u­ral com­mu­ni­ties.”

In 2002, the pres­i­dent added, an am­bi­tious pro­ject was pre­sented to the then Cab­i­net and so, upon EU ac­ces­sion in 2004, Kalopanayi­o­tis rightly chased EU funds.

Anas­tasi­ades added that hav­ing al­ready an­nounced public projects worth EUR 60 mln, last week he un­veiled another pro­gramme for EUR 173.9 mln in in­vest­ments in Nicosia dis­trict and the cap­i­tal, that should help im­prove the qual­ity of life, im­ple­ment de­vel­op­ment projects that will lead to growth and boost em­ploy­ment.

The ‘ma­ture’ projects were an­nounced dur­ing a meet­ing with the may­ors of greater Nicosia mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, MPs, com­mu­nity lead­ers and other stake­hold­ers.

Anas­tasi­ades said the projects were se­lected on the ba­sis of their ma­tu­rity, that is, the fact that the projects re­ceived the nec­es­sary li­censes and a ten­der can be launched im­me­di­ately.

The projects in Nicosia in­clude the re­con­struc­tion of the cap­i­tal’s high streets, a net­work of cy­cle paths, un­der­ground park­ing, the restora­tion of the Public Mod­ern Arts Gallery and the old Mu­nic­i­pal Theatre, the beau­ti­fi­ca­tion of the area of the old GSP Sta­dium and restora­tion of the old Sec­re­tar­iat build­ing and the Min­istry of the In­te­rior.

The pro­ject list also in­cludes the restora­tion and re­con­struc­tion of the Pan­cyprian Gym­na­sium of Nicosia, a school founded in 1812, at cost of EUR 9.4 mln.

Anas­tasi­ades said a ar­chi­tec­tural ten­der will be launched in 2016 for the new Arche­o­log­i­cal Mu­seum to be con­structed in the old Nicosia Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal with a to­tal cost of EUR 50 mln.

Out­ly­ing projects in­clude the re­con­struc­tion of Tse­riou Av­enue and its con­nec­tion with the Av­enues of Stro­volou and Spyrou Kypri­anou, Aglantzia Av­enue and parts of Lar­naca and Fa­m­a­gusta Av­enues, the home for el­ders in Palekhori, a new po­lice sta­tion in Evrikhou, anti-flood works in Pera Kho­rio Nisou with a cost of EUR 1 mln, the Solea re­gional sewage sys­tem, a waste­water treat­ment and re­cy­cled wa­ter in­stal­la­tion for western Nicosia amount­ing and the ex­ten­sion of the Cen­tral Pris­ons.

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