Niš City Mayor Dragana Sotirovski and the director of Public Water Management Company Srbijavode Goran Puzović visited the water affected areas by the Nišava River from Vrežina Bridge to the mouth of the South Morava River and talked to the residents of the villages of Trupale, Popovac and Mezgraja.
Puzović told the residents of these settlements that PWMC Srbijavode would clean Nišava riverbed of trees and reefs this year so that the water could flow smoothly in similar circumstances. A team of experts from PWMC Srbijavode and the City of Niš will go out on the field and suggest a way to strengthen the embankments in those places where Nišava threatened to overflow and endanger buildings and the population to a large extent, which would be a short-term measure, Puzović said. PWMC Srbijavode and the City of Niš will work on the preparation of technical documentation in order to solve the problem of regulation of the Nisava River permanently, said Puzović, talking about the long-term plan of measures.
“The locals received a promise that the Nišava riverbed will be cleaned very quickly and that the risk of floods will be significantly reduced,” Mayor Sotirovski pointed out. The cooperation between the City and PWMC Srbijavode is very successful, as evidenced by the consent of PWMC Srbijavode to give us the land in the old riverbed of the South Morava River for the relocation of the wholesale market, said Niš City Mayor. According to her, the City is ready to fulfill the requests of all suburban settlements, including those that belong to the City Municipality of Crveni Krst, in terms of regulating the sewerage network and atmospheric waters.
The Vrežina bridge is not safe and will be demolished, and then a new one will be built. The City of Niš has allocated 80 million dinars this year for the demolition of the bridge and the preparation of documentation for the construction of a new one. It was pointed out in the conversation that the responding to emergency situation due to the torrential rivers once again confirmed the unity of the government and the people, the state and the local self-government, which was also approved by the locals.