Opposition leader Dragan Djilas said on Tuesday that the city authorities have cut down investments in the Serbian capital.
Speaking before a Belgrade city assembly session, he said that investments from the city budget totalled 76 million Euros in 2018 and recalled that the annual average stood at 250 million Euros between 2008 and 2013 which is why, according to Djilas, things don’t work properly.
Almost three million Euros were spent to raise awareness of the importance of protecting the environment last year, he recalled. “I don’t know if any of your media took part in this but I wonder where that money is,” Djilas said.
He said that a large part of New Belgrade was flooded because two pumping stations were not operating because they didn’t have power. Djilas said that each station had two separate power sources including generators which were bought when he was mayor of Belgrade. He said the only reason why those pumping stations were not operational is a lack of investment in their maintenance.
Deputy Mayor Goran Vesic responded during the session, saying that Djilas was lying to get cheap political points by blaming the city authorities. “He is lying to the people. I have not other word for someone who is using misfortune to get cheap political points,” he said. Vesic was warned by the session chair because of his use of offensive language when speaking about Djilas who is a member of the city assembly.