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Controversy surrounds 17.5-year extension request for Nicosia ring road

CyField's executive director dismisses the allegations as an April Fool's joke

Apostolis Tomaras

Apostolis Tomaras

Recent revelations concerning the implementation timelines of significant public works projects have shed light on longstanding challenges within the realm of project execution. A recent article in the Phileleftheros newspaper has sparked renewed scrutiny of the issue, particularly focusing on the inaugural phase of the Nicosia perimeter road project.

The piece brings attention to purported extensions totaling 17.5 years, reportedly requested by the contractor overseeing the Cyfield project. These extensions initially faced rejection by the Central Committee for Changes and Claims (CCCAC). Initially, a two-month extension was approved due to the health crisis, with the project's delivery date revised to July 22, 2023, instead of the originally stipulated date of March 23, 2023. Additionally, according to the findings, the CECA turned down a substantial number of the contractor's requests, underscoring the urgency for the timely completion of the Nicosia perimeter's initial phase by June 2024.

Cyfield, the contracted company in question, refuted the claims made in the article. The company's executive director dismissed the allegations as an April Fool's joke. However, while acknowledging minor setbacks, Cyfield affirmed the validity of the granted extensions, assuring that project completion is imminent. The investigation, bolstered by previous reports on project delays, highlights Cyfield's acknowledgment of extensions totaling approximately 1.5 years, with justifiable reasoning amid the health crisis.

Public Works authorities corroborated the extensions sought by the project contractor, albeit with reservations. While confirming a total extension of 17.5 years, they underscored the need for swift resolution, aiming for project delivery by June of the following year. The report raises pertinent questions about the contractor's motives for requesting extensions far beyond contractual terms. Although familiar tactics of contractors seeking additional time were cited, uncertainties persist regarding the financial and logistical implications of prolonged delays.

In an official statement prepared for publication, Public Works outlined plans for future phases of the Nicosia perimeter project. Seven additional contracts are slated for tendering, with Phase B3 earmarked for early 2025 commencement. Subsequent project phases are contingent upon funding availability, with an estimated total project cost of €350 million.

The investigation underscores the critical need for transparency and accountability in public works projects, particularly in light of protracted delays and escalating costs. As stakeholders navigate the complexities of infrastructure development, stringent oversight and proactive measures are essential to ensure timely project delivery and fiscal responsibility.

[This article was translated from its Greek original]


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