Judging by the funds of the 2021 national budget that have been allocated for construction, transport and infrastructure, investments in capital projects in Serbia will be intensified this year. According to the announcement of Minister Momirović, Serbia will be a huge construction site bustling with machines and workers
TOTAL OF 126.3 BILLION DINARS FOR 49 PROJECTS
Serbia’s national budget for 2021 envisages the allocating of a total of 126.3 billion dinars for 49 projects headed by the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure. Accordingly, 40.5 billion dinars has been envisaged for the project of the Hungarian-Serbian high-speed railway, with 4.5 billion dinars for the construction of the Belgrade-Sarajevo highway and 1.1 billion dinars for construction of the Niš-Pločnik section of the Niš-Merdare Highway.
Other planned projects also include the construction of the Preljina-Požega highway section, with 10.5 billion dinars earmarked to fund this project over the coming year, and 15 billion dinars for the Pojate-Preljina section of the highway.
A total of 8.5 billion dinars has been envisaged for the construction of the Ruma-Šabac- Loznica link road, as well as 2.6 billion dinars for the construction of the Novi Sad-Ruma expressway and 4.72 billion dinars for the Iverak-Lajkovac expressway. Some 6.3 billion dinars has been earmarked for construction of the section of the Belgrade Bypass that includes a bridge over the Sava near Ostružnica-Bubanj potok, with 1.03 billion dinars planned for the construction of the new bridge spanning the Sava in Belgrade.
MORAVIAN CORRIDOR CONSTRUCTION ACCELERATING
Construction of the Moravian Corridor is set to be completed in accordance with the agreed dynamics and goals, thanks to the harmonising of all essential activities. This has been confirmed by Construction, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Tomislav Momirović, who held a working meeting with representatives of Bechtel Enke in mid-March, in an effort to speed up work on this important project.
“The Moravian Corridor will be the first digital highway in Serbia, making it one of the most important transport routes. The construction of this road will increase accessibility to municipal centres, economic zones and tourist destinations. This will be a magnificent roadway that will be the pride of future generations. It is being constructed to handle the maximum permitted speed of 130 kilometres per hour. A total of 11 slip roads and 130 other facilities will be built, including 71 bridges, 23 overpasses, five underpasses and 31 culverts,” noted Minister Momirović.
SELF-SUSTAINABLE CITY PROJECT TO REPRESENT SERBIA IN SEOUL
“Self-Sustainable City”, a project of Belgrade architect Danilo Dangubić, has been selected through a major competition to represent Serbia at this September’s Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. His work will be exhibited in the South Korean capital alongside another 39 works that have been selected among 1,440 competition entries from around the world.
The selection was based on the project Self- Sustaining Belgrade, which was developed by Dangubić’s own architectural studio, “Danilo Dangubić Architects”.
“A “self-sustaining city” is a city that has the capacity to survive and continue living despite everything that happens to it. And I absolutely recognised Belgrade in that. Destroyed and conquered 44 times in 1,100 years, it has passed from occupier to occupier, endured bombings etc. One of the subtopics was the capacity of architects and architecture to utilise the subterranean part, using the land as space for construction. I chose Belgrade precisely because it has returned to its womb whenever it’s been in trouble. It has descended into its underground passages, caves and abandoned quarries. Belgrade lives with its womb,” explains Dangubić.
16TH BINA SCHEDULED FOR APRIL
The sixteenth edition of Belgrade International Architecture Week – BINA is set to take place from 22nd April to 20th May, under the organisation of the Association of Belgrade Architects and the Cultural Centre of Belgrade.
This year’s BINA programme will focus on the Belgrade School of housing, which – with its great breadth – encompasses urbanisation solutions, residential complexes, public spaces, green areas, traffic solutions and communication, supporting functions, the organisation of apartments, structural assemblies, materialisation, details and other subtopics relevant to experts, the general public and direct users, i.e. residents.
CONCEPTUAL PARK EMERGING AT MARINA DORĆOL
Russian sculptor Alexander Rukavishnikov, creator of Belgrade’s newly erected monument to King Stefan Nemanja, will be in charge of arranging a conceptual park on the territory of Marina Dorćol. The park will be situated in the vicinity of the former “Power and Light” thermal power plant, where the Nikola Tesla Museum is set to be relocated, and will include sculptures that Rukavishnikov will create together with other young sculptors from Serbia and other countries.
“We discussed a new project that will be done in Belgrade, and that is the arranging of a conceptual park based on the example of Barcelona’s Güell Park,” said Deputy Mayor of Belgrade Goran Vesić after his meeting with Rukavishnikov, noting that the park will cover an area of approximately 6.6 hectares
TIRŠOVA 2 AND DEDINJE 2 RANKED AMONG MOST IMPORTANT PROJECTS
A total of 200 million euros has been allocated for investments that will be made via the Serbian Government’s Public Investment Management Office this year. Among the projects that are considered as being the most important are those in the field of healthcare, which includes the construction of the Tiršova 2 University Children’s Clinic and the Dedinje 2 Institute for Cardiovascular Diseases.
According to Marko Blagojević, director of the Public Investment Management Office, the project to construct the Tiršova 2 clinic is worth the most, with around 100 million euros having been allocated to finance the project, which corresponds to the estimated costs of construction and the procuring of necessary equipment.
The Public Investment Management Office doesn’t work exclusively on projects related to healthcare, as great attention is also paid to investments in educational facilities. Works are well underway on the construction of the new building of the Faculty of Organisational Sciences in Belgrade, which should become operational in November, while works on several dozen primary schools throughout Serbia are scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.
NEW HIGH-SPEED RAILWAY ENTERING FINAL CONSTRUCTION PHASE
Construction of the Belgrade to Novi Sad section of the new high-speed railway is entering its final phase, with works set to be completed by the end of this year. Accordingly, parallel preparations have been launched for the start of works on the section between Novi Sad and Subotica, according to an announcement of enterprise Serbian Railways Infrastructure.
All upcoming activities related to this project have been discussed by the management and expert services of Serbian Railways Infrastructure and representatives of the consortium of Chinese companies China Railway International and China Communications Construction Company.
The Novi Sad-Subotica railway, covering a distance of 108 kilometres, is the third section through Serbia within the scope of the international project to construct the Belgrade-Budapest high-speed railway. The contract is valued at around 1.16 billion dollars, while the deadline for completion is 33 months from the initial launch of works.