Nicosia Municipality ready for Ledra Street opening
Nicosia, Nov 5 – The Nicosia Municipality is ready to handle the opening of Ledra Street, and plans to support the infrastructure of the buildings along the street have already been prepared.
Speaking at a press conference where she presented the work of the municipality for 2007 as well as its plans for 2008, the Mayor of Nicosia Ms. Eleni Mavrou said that the technical preparations in the event the Ledra Street opens are ready, adding that it could technically be opened in a matter of five days.
Ms. Mavrou said there are a total of 275 derelict buildings, some of which pose an immediate danger to pedestrians and the Municipality’s engineers will proceed with their renovation.The Nicosia Mayor said that the loan which the Municipality will acquire to carry out the work necessary to revive buildings along the Green Line, will reach £3mil ($7.5mil).
On March 8, 2007, the Cyprus National Guard removed the wall at Ledra Street, which was erected soon after the Turkish invasion. The Government of Cyprus clarified that the demolition of the wall does not mean the opening of the crossing point to and from the Turkish occupied areas, unless security issues are addressed.