Plan for road through nature reserve binned

A biministerial decision made public yesterday scraps plans for the construction of the Patras-Pyrgos-Tsakona highway through a European Union-protected nature reserve near Lake Kaiafa, in the Peloponnese, a project that had prompted the European Commission to threaten Greece with a heavy fine. Deputy Transport Minister Yiannis Magriotis told Kathimerini that the government had decided to halt plans for the extension of the national road through the nature reserve and down to the peninsula’s southwest. Under the revised plan, to be sent to the EC this week, the highway will be extended from Pyrgos to Ancient Olympia in the north. A new section of road will also be built in the south, connecting Kyparissia to Tsakona. Magriotis said the plans for the new sections were finalized after residents complained about being left out of the new network.

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