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11.04.2017 16:47
Minister Says Struma Motorway Financing Could Be Lost Due to Construction Delays
“There has been no development for the last ten years. There should be first an environmental impact assessment and then a construction tender”, interim regional development minister Spas Popnikolov said

  • Minister Spas Popnikolov
    © Bulgarian Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works

Construction delays concerning one of the most complex lots of Struma Motorway – the one in the Kresna River gorge could cause Bulgaria to lose European funding for the construction of the entire motorway, interim regional development minister Spas Popnikolov told BTV.

The lot would involve many tunnels and has frequently been disputed by environmentalists and local residents, as there is no certainty of the exact route of the stretch through the protected Struma River gorge rich in wildlife.

Minister Popnikolov stressed that the previous government had started the procedure for choosing a plan for the stretch as late as November 2016.

“There has been no development for the last ten years. There should be first an environmental impact assessment and then a construction tender”, Popnikolov said.

TAGS: Bulgaria | Struma | motorway | Struma River gorge | wildlife | funding | transport | infrastructure | roads | construction | environmental impact assessment 

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