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Maliakos road set to roll again

The stalled project to construct a new section of highway in the Maliakos Gulf, currently a treacherous stretch of road, could soon resume but state investigators have found a number of contract violations in the work carried out so far.

The work to build a new 77.2-kilometer section of highway in central Greece began in 2007 after the previous New Democracy government approved the 800-million-euro project. However, work stopped early last year when one of the firms involved, ATTI-KAT, ran into financial problems. By that point, only 54 kilometers had been constructed.

Sources told Kathimerini that the government is now in talks with some of the other firms involved in the project with the aim of agreeing on a deal for them to take over and complete the remaining 23 kilometers. However, there may be further complications as the Public Works Inspectorate has discovered that the companies did not meet a number of the terms in their contracts, including the construction of side roads to be used by people living in the area.