Heads roll in Athens over Ferris wheel that won't turn

2016-12-29 13:36
Workers dismantle Athens Ferris wheel at the central Syntagma Square. (Louisa Gouliamaki, AFP)

Workers dismantle Athens Ferris wheel at the central Syntagma Square. (Louisa Gouliamaki, AFP)

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Athens - A senior Athens official has resigned in an unprecedented fiasco over a Ferris wheel that was erected for Christmas but then dismantled before ever operating over safety concerns.

The head of the city's event-planning organisation resigned late on Wednesday after a prosecutor ordered an investigation.

The Greek capital's first-ever Ferris wheel, 40 metres tall, was pieced together on central Syntagma Square on December 22 and was slated to offer the public free rides.

The city had billed it as a high-tech "dream" but then reversed course and ordered it dismantled after the operating company failed to address safety fears.

"The city has turned down a request by the operating company to allow it to remain on the square until the required additional data is provided," the Athens city hall said in a statement.

The debacle prompted ridicule of Athens Mayor George Kaminis on social media for introducing "a wheel that fails to turn".

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