Work to enable vehicle and pedestrian crossings from Derinya and Aplıç is nearly complete. The two border gates will be the 7th and 8th border gates to be opened between the TRNC and the Greek Cypriot administration.
Following a briefing made today (28th September) by the Minister of Public Works and Transportation Tolga Atakan and his personnel, Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman announced that Derinya will be ready for crossings on Monday 1st October 2018. He also added that Aplıç border gate to the North of Lefke will be ready for crossings the following Monday, 8th October 2018.
Prime Minister Erhürman thanked the Command of the Security Forces (GKK), members of his cabinet and especially Minister Atakan for the hard effort he has shown to prepare Derinya border gate for crossing.
Departments under the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation began working in Derinya on Tuesday. The Telecommunications Department constructed 1.5km of infrastructure and laid nearly 4.5km of fibre optic cable that will provide internet, enabling Derinya checkpoint to share data with the police headquarters in Nicosia. The department will complete its work tomorrow and hand the system to the General Directorate of the Police.
The Highways Department used 60 tons of foundation material and laid 90 tons of asphalt to complete the remaining part of the unfinished work in Derinya. The department also put road signs and painted road lines with the aim of completing the work on Monday.
Planning and Construction Department provided facilities to house officers who will be doing identity checks and facilities to accommodate police officers, customs officers, insurance and tourism personnel.
In Aplıç, the departments under the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation began their work on Wednesday. Aplic will be ready for crossings on Monday 8th October.