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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-05-23

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  • [01] PM Karamanlis tours Thessaly

  • [01] PM Karamanlis tours Thessaly

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis began his tour of the region of Thessaly, in central Greece, on Saturday with a visit to the Omolio project worksite where Environment, Town Planning and Public Works Minister George Souflias briefed the prime minister on the course of the project and stated that work will be completed in 2012.

    "When this work will be completed, we shall have an excellent National Motorway, from its beginning to its end. A safe, modern motorway of European specifications," Karamanlis said.

    After being given a guided tour of the twin tunnels that are under construction, the prime minister said that "I am very satisfied with my visit here today because I can see that, after the Maliakos detour, the project is forging ahead with speedy rates along one of the most difficult and most dangerous points on the national motorway, at Tempi and at Platamonas," he added.

    Karamanlis further said that "I wish to congratulate the public works minister on the occasion for the promotion of this big project as well and to express the conviction, certainty that all who are dealing with this big and difficult project will make every effort possible to have it completed as soon as possible."

    Souflias said on his part that the twin tunnels at the Omolio worksite have a length of six kilometres. In all, 23 kilometres of twin tunnels will be constructed and two kilometres of bridges, while the biggest in length, 750 metres long, are those starting in the region of Evangelismos.

    The total budget for the project from Maliakos to Klidi, in the Imathia prefecture, amounts to 1,2 billion euros, of which 850 million euros correspond to the cost of work that is currently under way at Tempi which, as the minister noted, is the most difficult.

    CAPTION: ANA-MPA file photo of Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis.

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