ATHENS – New infrastructure proposals worth 10-12 billion euros to 2023 could raise the GDP by 2 pct annually and create a quarter of a million jobs in four years, New Democracy (ND) leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Tuesday, outlining his party’s “Development and new jobs” plan.
The main opposition’s plan includes a new road bypassing Attica; connecting large cities with national highways; upgrading the railroad network; connecting the islands on the electricity grid; expanding natural gas distribution to all of Greece; and resolving the perennial issue of residential refuse.
Focusing on private sector investments, Mitsotakis said that “it is an oxymoron for a country under such a long crisis to see private funding of projects as low as 10-15 percent, when in Great Britain it rises beyond 60 percent.”
Speaking of large-scale road projects, the ND leader said a 50-km highway would link directly Iliki and Eleusis, essentially connecting two national highways (Athens-Thessaloniki and Athens-Patras) and bypassing Athens and Attica. In addition, Attiki Odos would be extended towards Vouliagmenis Avenue to Elliniko; and cities would be linked as follows: Drama with Egnatia Odos, Karpenissi with Lamia; Edessa and Giannitsa with the Patras-Athens-Thessaloniki-Evzoni network; and Kakavia with Ioannina.
He also said he would improve the connectivity of upcoming Line 4 on the metro (Alsos Veikou and Goudi), complete the connection of islands to the mainland’s power grid and use household waste to generate energy.
Mitsotakis said his government would work closely with regional authorities, and would also focus on maintenance of older projects under collapse.
“To do all these, we need a great political change. 2019 is an election year, and we will need the participation of all Greeks – we deserve better and we can turn this into action,” the main opposition leader said.