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An additional lane to the Agios Dometio barricade is in the works to relieve traffic congestion

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The construction of an additional lane on the road leading to the Agios Dometio barricade is in the works, in order to provide a solution to the traffic congestion observed in the area from the crossings to the occupied territories, especially in the afternoons and on weekends, where queues often reach up to kilometers away, causing both drivers and residents to suffer.

Responding to a related question submitted by DIKO Member of Parliament, Christos Orfanidis, the Minister of Transport, Alexis Vafeadis, stated that a regulatory draft proposal was prepared for the construction of an additional traffic lane in both directions, as well as a sidewalk, to facilitate passage and alleviate of the traffic congestion that occurs on the road network of the Republic, near the crossing point of Agios Dometios.

As he explained, the issue is also discussed within the Bi-Community Technical Committee for the roadblocks, as well as with the Office of the Greek Cypriot Negotiator, adding at the same time that “the funding for projects carried out within the Dead Zone can be provided by European Agencies. This possibility, as well as other ways of financing, will be examined after the design is finalized and the cost estimate is prepared”.

Furthermore, in his statements to the REPORTER, the Minister of Transport stated that instructions have been given to launch the project, which is estimated to be completed in one year. “The public projects are moving forward with their studies in order to prepare for bidding. A process that has just begun, however, will proceed as a priority”, stated Alexis Vafeadis.

Mr. Vafeadis visited the area where the works will be carried out, together with the Director of Public Works, finding that “it is possible and the relevant work will be done”, while he added that “from the relevant study, it will become clear who will be affected and if they will be affected. I believe that when an improvement is made to the road network, it will benefit the local community, because queues will be greatly reduced.”

In the meantime, it is recalled that at the beginning of February, the opening of a third external lane at the Agios Dometios roadblock was announced, through which only stranded and resettled patients and students can pass. After heaps of complaints, regarding the huge delays observed during their return to the occupied territories, the Head of Humanitarian Issues for Missing and Detained Persons, Anna Aristotelous, proceeded with the necessary actions, in collaboration with the Deputy Minister of European Affairs, Marilena Raunas, with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the negotiator Menelaus Menelaus, with the problem of the passage of the stranded being resolved after years.

This particular lane is controlled by the police at the roadblock and after verification of the details of those trapped and resettled, passage is allowed. In order for beneficiaries to use this lane, they must turn from the crossing on the left before reaching the roadblock and from there turn right again, and then, proceeding straight, they will reach the point where the closed railing will be , which will only be opened by the Police, who hold the list of people who will be allowed to enter.

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It is noted that according to the data made public by the occupied territories, in 2023, a total of 7.7 million citizens entered the occupied territories, of which 3,063,408 were Greek Cypriots, a record number since the roadblocks were opened in 2003.

Specifically, the number of Greek Cypriots who entered the occupied territories through the crossing points in 2023, reached the historical record of 3 million 63 thousand 408 in 2023, while in 2022 this number was 2,835,496. After the Greek Cypriots, the British are ranked second in crossings to the occupied territories and the Greeks are ranked third.

As regards the number of Turkish Cypriots who passed through the controlled from the Republic regions, increased by 31.64% in the same period and from 1 million 911 thousand 837, reached 2 million 516 thousand 814 crossings.

Source: reporter.com.cy

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