By Dimitris Gatsios
Accompanied by a wide range of government, the prime minister is going to northern Evia this morning, almost four months after the devastating fires that hit the region. And in a meeting that will take place in Istiaia, in which the “present” will be given by local bodies and representatives of the Local Government, in the first line will be the presentation of the plan, which has been prepared by the committee for the reconstruction of northern Evia headed by Beno Cross.
“This is a very specific and structured plan for total reconstruction, which will be the model for a new way of perceiving holistic development, using the institution of integrated spatial investments, so that all the initiatives we undertake are part of a specific plan. which can take advantage of the comparative advantages of each region, and first and foremost to give hope to the people who were tested in northern Evia that it is worth staying in their place and that their children will have a better future than them. ” , had noted Kyriakos Mitsotakis, during a meeting at the Maximos Palace, in mid-November. And the overall restoration of the area, as officials often report, is one of the government’s big bets.
The government has already presented the plan for the elaboration of fourteen studies, which concern the total reconstruction of northern Evia. The specific studies will not cost the Greek state, but are funded by sponsors and are related to:
The elaboration of a comprehensive Master Plan for the reconstruction of the area.
The elaboration of a study of integrated development strategic planning for the “New Forest”.
The elaboration of a study for the creation of an innovation space.
The elaboration of studies for the Digital Wave and the Green Belt.
The elaboration of a study of integrated development strategic planning for culture.
-The strategic study of infrastructure of Evia.
The study of the implementation of the reconstruction of the agri-food sector.
-The study on the social networks of Northern Evia.
-The study on human resources.
-The strategic marketing planning for the promotion of the wider region of Northern Evia.
-The recording of successful international practices in the field of recovery of tourist destinations after natural disasters.
-The elaboration of the Special Urban Plan of the Municipality of Istiaia-Edipsos.
-The elaboration of the Special Urban Plan of the Municipality of Mantoudi-Lake-Agia Anna.
The accompanying specialization study of the overall Master Plan.
According to government officials, the package of support and rehabilitation measures in the area exceeds 200 million euros, the amount of which will increase further as the implementation of support and rehabilitation measures in the fire-affected areas and forests. Among other things, credits amounting to 39.7 million euros have already been included in the Region of Central Greece for large-scale flood protection works and for the repair of infrastructure damage in the areas of Mantoudi-Limni-Agia Anna and Istiaia-Edipsos. At the same time, for the immediate restoration of the damages to infrastructures and networks, but also for the support of immediate needs and interventions, extraordinary financing has been allocated to the local self-government in the total amount of 13.4 million euros.
Source From: Capital