Belgrade's central street to be repaired days after finished, cost from budget?

Belgrade's central street to be repaired days after finished, cost from budget?

Belgrade's central street to be repaired days after finished, cost from budget? Izvor: N1

Belgrade Deputy Mayor Goran Vesic inspected the road running around the central Republic Square and ordered reparation of recently finished works on a year-long reconstruction of the central city area, the Beta news agency reported on Friday.

The Republic Square was open to the public ten days ago after 375 days of works and the cost of some ten million Euros.

The new image caused conflicting reactions, from "a disaster," to "beautiful."

Nikola Jovanovic, Deputy leader of the opposition People’s Party, said later on Friday Vesic had deceived the people by saying that the construction company would pay for the repairment of the newly reconstructed street and that the City had already allocated almost 290,000 Euros for the works. He added that the original price for the previous works was 4.2 million Euros, while the official figure of the budget money spent on the task was some nine million, and demanded an investigation into a possible crime committed in the process.

As soon as the drivers were allowed to the street passing by the central square, the first reactions from cyclists and bikers were closer to "a disaster."

Bumpy concrete cubes with gaps among them made the ride almost impossible and undoubtedly dangerous.

After praising the works as "something that no one made more beautiful and better" ten days ago, Vesic on Friday ordered the construction company to completely repair the street at its cost and without any inconvenience to the traffic.

He set a deadline to 35-40 days, adding the works should be done during the night and would not cost the city a dime.

Vesic explained the order saying that "we listen to people," referring to numerous complaints about the bumpy road.

Reacting to the latest move by Deputy Mayor, the head of the central Belgrade municipality Stari Grad, the only city district ruled by the opposition, Marko Bastac demanded from Vesic to allow citizens the access to the documents to "see who is responsible for the material damage done to people's vehicles."

The problem with the quality of construction works in Serbia is not a news issue. Some parts of newly constructed or repaired roads and motorways were damaged soon after open to traffic.

The opposition blames the regime of suspicious choice of the constructors.  

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