N.Cyprus: water pipeline from Turkey to open on October 28

Around 75 mln cubic meters of water will be pumped from a dam

24 August, 11:52

    (ANSAmed) - NICOSIA, AUGUST 24 - The full switch-on of a pipeline pumping water from Turkey to Turkish-controlled northern Cyprus will take place on October 28, as reported by Famagusta Gazette. Onder Sennaroglu, the official responsible for the project, confirmed the new date during meetings in Ankara. The project has been blighted by delays, due to bad weather and rough conditions in the Mediterranean. The grand opening of the multi-million euro project was supposed to take place last month, to coincide with the anniversary if the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974. However, the Turkish Minister of Forestry and Water Affairs Veysel Eroglu, did conduct a ceremonial 'fitting' of a final component of the machinery last week.

    Around 75 million cubic meters of water will be pumped from a dam in southern Turkey via a pipeline. The project, which includes a water treatment plant and water tanks, will cost 1.6 billion Turkish liras (576.3 million dollars). Turkish Cypriot officials say the project will be able to compensate for the projected water needs in northern Cyprus for the next 50 years, and the irrigation water will raise revenue in the farming sector. (ANSAmed).

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