Bus firm stalls plan to link sites

A project aimed at unifying the capital’s archaeological sites has stalled after the state company that owns a plot of land in the central Athens district of Kerameikos that is crucial to the project asked 4.2 million euros to hand it over, Kathimerini has learned. The Unification of the Archaeological Sites of Athens (EAXA), which has the task of linking the city’s ancient monuments and sites with walkways and parks, wants to extend the archaeological site of Kerameikos by expropriating the depot used by the firm operating the Athens trolley buses (ILPAP). But ILPAP has said that the plot’s expropriation must be confirmed by the state and wants 4.2 million euros if the transfer goes ahead. «The relocation of the ILPAP depot will be costly,» said ILPAP President Constantinos Chlomoudis. The head of EAXA, Dora Galani, said the company wants the plot but has limited funding. «In view of the circumstances, we are examining the possibilities of acquiring the depot,» Galani said.