Construction of Pedieos linear park extending across Cyprus’ divided capital to start soon, says European Commission

The Pedieos River Rehabilitation Project, the extension of the Morphou and Famagusta wastewater treatment plants and the establishment of green waste composting facility in Nicosia are among the projects that are ready for implementation, starting early 2019, the European Commission announced.

It is noted that the European Commission recently completed a detailed feasibility study for the rehabilitation of the Pedieos River. The scope of the study includes the construction of a linear park along an approximate 5 klm length of the river consisting of flood protection measures, cycling and walking paths, recreational areas and environmental educational facilities.

By extending north and south of the green line, this bi-communal project aims to bring the Cypriot communities together through recreational activities the announcement says.

The feasibility study was presented during a high level stakeholders meeting, on December 5, 2018, with Maarten Verwey, Director General of the Structural Reform Support Service, Elizabeth Spehar, Special Representative of UN Secretary-General, Nicosia Mayor Constantinos Yiorkadjis, the mayor of Turkish-occupied Nicosia Mehmet Harmanci, the bi-communal technical committee on environment and the UNDP.

In connection to that, the European Commission announced the signature of the new Local Infrastructure Facility delegation agreement with UNDP, designed as a transparent mechanism for EU-funded infrastructure investments under the Aid Programme to the Turkish Cypriot community. The delegation agreement is for a value of Euros 17.7 mln over a four year period.

The facility aims to provide support for the identification, screening, development, procurement, and physical implementation of relevant local infrastructure investments, the announcement concludes.

Source: Cyprus News Agency