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Ongoing works to prevent further Pissouri landslides could be waste of money

The estimated €30 to €40 million of tax payer’s money to be used for overall works aiming to ensure no further landslides take place in Pissouri could be just a waste.

Or, in the best-case scenario, the stabilization project which is already in process in the coastal area could be 50%-60% successful, Philenews reported on Friday citing an expert.

The ‘bomb’ was dropped on Thursday by Cyprus Scientific and Technical Chamber (ETEK) consultant Demetrios Loukides during a debate on this before the House Interior Committee.

Loukides, who is also an associate professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Cyprus, said: “We were asked to advise whether the projects planned to be carried out will be successful.”

He added: “The possibility of complete failure is there. That is, €30-€40 million of the Cypriot peoples’ money could be spent and nothing achieved in the end.

When MPs pointed out that they were under the impression there was a consensus among all parties concerned as to the procedure to be followed in order to have positive results in the landslides issue.

He replied: “There was consensus, but there were some obstacles which did not allow slope measurements to be carried out. These are considered important as regards the efficiency of projects that have already begun to be carried out within completion of the first phase.

“That’s why I believe that the current prediction of the project’s success probability is 50%-60%. This is my personal view.”



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