Just 24 hours after the announcement of the president of the Larnaca Chamber of Commerce and Industry, during the annual general assembly of the body, for the need to create further projects in the city center to become competitive against Metropolis Mall, but also the statement in “P” of the chairman of the Tender Committee of the Municipality of L / kis Akis Zannetou for the need to limit the assignment of projects to unreliable contractors, it became known that the delivery of the new municipal market in Larnaca is being extended again…
The inconsistency shown by the contractor of this project causes irritation in the Municipality of Larnaca, since the new municipal market, at the end of Ermou shopping street, is considered a project of utmost importance for the revitalization of the shopping center, especially during the period when Metropolis started operating. Mall. Reliable information tells us that the completion and delivery of the project in question takes a new extension of 7-8 weeks, which means that a project that started with an initial schedule of 18 months, will eventually take about three and a half years to complete.
We remind you that the chairman of the Tender Committee of the Municipality of L / kas, speaking to our newspaper, had stressed the need for drastic changes and improvements in the procedures for awarding public contracts to construction companies for construction projects, noting that the delays are always to the detriment of taxpayers. , with excessive revisions in the project budgets, along with the inconvenience and inconvenience caused. Commenting on the new delays that arise in the delivery of the municipal market, the municipal councilor Akis Zannetou confirmed the delay, saying that the new extension will increase the costs that will be borne by the municipality.
“A project that should have been delivered under a contract in the spring of 2020, is now estimated, under the best conditions, to be delivered in early 2022. The pandemic is the easy excuse for contractors. The reality, however, is that delays of only 6-8 months due to coronavirus can be justified. As the Municipality of Larnaca we wanted the opening of the municipal market at Christmas time. “Unfortunately, our plans failed,” he said, clearly annoyed. Mr. Zannetou reminded that this is the same company that was commissioned a few years ago to build two multi-storey car parks in the mall, but in the end only one was built.