An attempt to lighten the seriousness of the delays in completing Nicosia’s Eleftheria Square, Nicosia Mayor Constantinos Yiorkadjis said that some parts of the project would be ready in a few months.
“I understand the concerns of the public and especially those whose property and businesses are affected by the works,” said Yorkadjis adding that the only thing he could say for definite is that the Electricity Authority substation being built is expected to be completed by spring.
“I want to assure everybody that the team involved in the Square is trying its utmost to have the project completed as soon as possible,” added Yiorkadjis
Not comforting words for a project that started in February 2012 and was supposed to be completed in a couple of years. In fact, very few believe that the project will be completed within the year.
Reservations regarding the delays are based primarily on the fact that over the last few months no more than 3-4 workers have been reported to working on-site – something that was verified by Phileleftheros newspaper who happened on the Square on several occasions.
Another question which remains unanswered is as to when work will start on Omirou Avenue which was part of the original project but later became a separate project of its own.
Initially, the Eleftheria Square contract was won by the contracting firm Miltiades Neophytou but following disagreements between the company and the Nicosia Municipality, the project was taken over by Lois Builders Ltd in November 2014.
Work restarted on the square in January 2015 with Yiorkadjis announcing in December 2015 that the project would be completed in 6-7 months.
The deadline was pushed back until December 2016 with Yiorkadjis announcing that the Square, despite the entire project not being completed, would be open to the public for Christmas.
The square remains closed, and as the end of February approaches, there is no end in sight.