Ministry passes the buck on Aglandjia rockslides

The condition has no obligation for rockslides on personal plots, the interior ministry reiterated on Friday, a working day immediately after MPs and the Aglandjia mayor plead for money aid to clean up particles following these slides around to homes.

The ministry was referring to the situation of rockslides at a residential place in Aglandjia municipality in Nicosia, including the debris from rockslides that occurred after the January 12 earthquake. The problem was mentioned at the Residence inside committee on Thursday, with Aglandjia Mayor Andreas Constantinou accusing authorities of apathy in direction of their plight and warning of probable long term casualties.

In response, the interior ministry mentioned that pursuing a analyze on the risks, it inexperienced-lit €560,000 to cleanse up particles from state-owned land, even though it shifted the accountability to the municipality concerning non-public land.

“The municipality was obliged, when considering growth purposes, to need that private developers carry out geological/geotechnical scientific tests on the plots and to get steps for the safety and balance of both equally the structures under progress and the neighbouring properties.”

The ministry also cited a letter by the attorney general on a comparable issue in Pissouri dated April 23, 2019. The letter stated that in reference to the land subsidence in the group “the point out does not have any accountability or obligation to the proprietors of personal homes affected by the phenomenon of subsidence or landslide in the community.”

“Therefore, is not obligated to undertake the fix or reconstruction of the houses in concern or to spend any payment for the destruction brought on, no matter whether the result in is the inadequacy of the structural designs, or an action of mother nature, or a mix thereof.”

It added that the ministry “did not dismiss the problems” of the municipality but granted €20,000 help to carry out a analyze for the restoration of the two halls of the municipality which have been harmed.

“We hence get in touch with on the Mayor and the City Council of Aglandjia, before earning such statements in public, to make sure that their possess former obligations have been assumed.”

According to the mayor, a 2017 research identified that restoration operates – each on point out and non-public lands – would cost €1.82 million.

He warned that the predicament continues to be hazardous. “Every working day we wake up and make the signal of the cross, just considering when the up coming landslide might happen,” Constantinou said.

Adhering to the earthquake of January 12, the municipality questioned the ministry for assist in restoring private residential spots. The ministry replied that the collapse of the rock facial area was unrelated to the earthquake, as it took spot on the working day immediately after the tremor.

The municipality was consequently not suitable for monetary assistance and experienced to faucet into personal cash for the particles clearance is effective.

Right after the session, committee chair Aristos Damianou (Akel) called on the governing administration to change its policy and launch the required cash.

“Human life is not calculated by whether the land is private or condition-owned,” he stated.

Meanwhile, the Geological Study Department has accomplished a study which will be released soon and will warn the general public as to the dangerous spots in the funds and also the prospective more fees need to they want to construct a dwelling.