TRNC Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources Hasan Dinçyürek has said that management of the water being supplied from Turkey’s Alakopru dam will be by the Turkish Cypriot authorities.
It was suggested that a private Turkish company would undertake the task. However, the minister said “My stance on this was clear since the day I took office, there is no question on that. So, of course we will manage the water. The details of the management has been outlined in the draft law. We are now waiting for the approval of the council of ministers on several modifications on the draft and then we will be done”.
Water from Alakopru is expected to come on-stream in mid-July. Meanwhile it has been reported that the dam is now completely full.
75 million cubic meters of water will be transferred annually from Turkey to Cyprus via an 80 kilometre pipeline anchored 250 meters below sea level.
The target date is 20th July, which is a very significant date for the Turkish Cypriots.