Plans to construct a $250 million petrol storage facility in the Karpaz region now face further opposition.
Those against the scheme have begun legal proceedings to halt any further development of the proposed storage depot by filing papers with Nicosia Constitutional Court.
The proposed site at Kalicek was the third option after plans to build firstly in the Lefke area and then at Yedikonuk in the Karpaz were scrapped.
Swiss based firm, Rixo Ltd, trading in North Cyprus as ‘Rixoh’ claims that the proposed fuel depot will bring around 1000 jobs and a huge influx of cash into the country.
Chairman of the Green Action Movement, Dohan Sahir, said that the Council of Ministers had permitted the constructions to go ahead on 2nd August this year. In response, thousands of signatures had been collected in Kalicek this month opposing the project.
Solicitor, Mr Boysan Boyra, said that the Government had unlawfully assigned Kalicek as a site suitable for heavy industry, despite the fact that the Karpaz had already been designated as a protected area for Eco-tourism.
A representative of Rixoh denied any knowledge of the new campaign and further stated that the company will be using the most up-to-date technology available. He went on to say that he couldn’t see the problem, given that Kalicek already had two fuel storage units and that Rixoh would be making applications to be officially allocated that site.