August 30th

The construction of the railway bypass around Nis should start in early 2019 as it was announced by the city representatives. The member of the working group of the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, Ljubivoje Slavkovic, said that an international tender for the selection of contractors should be launched by the end of the year, and that it was expected to be completed by the middle of next year. “The contractor will determine their dynamics, but the works should not last longer than two years. The removal of the railway that is now passing through Nis is planned for 2022”, “Slavkovic said. He pointed out that the two-track bypass would be a little over 22 kilometers long and would extend from the village of Prosek to the village of Popovac. “The construction of the bypass is part of the reconstruction of the railway from Nis to Dimitrovgrad, which will cost 300 million euros. The construction of the bypass will be about 80 million euros,” Slavkovic added. According to him, the construction of the bypass will be financed by the European Investment Bank. Nis City Council Member Milos Milosevic emphasized that land expropriation would begin in the coming months. “The expropriation will be carried out by the City of Nis, and the state provided 1.8 million dinars for this purpose. On the route there are 1660 plots and 47 facilities. A working group of 15 members was formed and we expect the work to be completed in time, “said Milosevic. Nis City Mayor Darko Bulatovic pointed out that the construction of the bypass was mentioned by all previous authorities, since the 1990s, but until the last year, nothing was actually done. He stressed that numerous preparatory actions on the construction of the bypass have been completed, and that construction can be expected in accordance with plans, at the beginning of 2019.

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