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11 June, 1998
Greek Environment, Town Planning and Public Works Minister Costas Laliotis yesterday welcomed progress in the implementation of major construction projects around the country.
Mr. Laliotis said that the ministry would manage more than 10,000 infrastructure projects in Greece in a period spanning 1994 to 2000. The schemes are worth 4.3 trillion drachmas.
He said that a tender for construction of a tunnel on the Athens to Corinth motorway would be held in July. A tender for the construction of a tunnel for Maliakos Bay in eastern mainland Greece had already been held, he said.
The Egnatia Way, along with five ports and nine vertical access roads towards neighboring Balkan countries, had secured 550 billion drachmas in funding and construction was proceeding at a fast pace. The project employs 3,500 workers.
Mr. Laliotis said that more sections of Egnatia Way would be opened to traffic in 1998.
A motorway linking Patras to Athens, Thessaloniki and a border post at Evzones was at an advanced stage of construction. Three thousand workers are employed, he said.
A project for the construction of a bridge over Patraikos Bay linking the Peloponnese to central Greece was in its early stages, and a tunnel linking Aktio to Preveza in western Greece was 75 percent completed.
Mr. Laliotis said that the Athens metro project was 72 percent completed, and 4,000 workers were employed.
Also, an agreement for the construction of a metro in Thessaloniki was expected to be signed and submitted to parliament for approval in June.
Construction had begun on a motorway project linking western Athens to a new airport in Spata. The project was expected to employ 5,000 workers.
Mr. Laliotis said that works on a dam for Acheloos river were proceeding rapidly along with procedures to draft a national land registry covering eight million stremmata and budgeted at 42 billion drachmas.
Source: Athens News Agency