Thursday, April 18, 2013

Progress in works on Corridor 10 eastern section

BELGRADE - Great progress has been made in the construction of the E-80 highway, the eastern section of Corridor 10, especially in the drilling of the tunnel near Dimitrovgrad, Serbian Minister of Transport Milutin Mrkonjic and representative of World Bank Baher El-Hifnawi agreed in Belgrade on Wednesday.

The meeting covered issues in the sectors of road, railway and water infrastructure and the head of the World Bank team informed the minister that water transport is also included in the bank's agenda. Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina are investing intensive efforts with a view to ensuring more efficient exploitation of the Danube, Sava and Tisa. 

 Mrkonjic and El-Hifnawi reviewed the situation in the realisation of activities connected to construction works on the Corridor 10 as the most important road transport project. During the meeting, the officials also discussed the issues connected to the expropriation of land along Corridor 10 and established that a large portion of the work in terms of procedure has been completed but efforts still need to be invested in removal of obstacles that pose a threat to the planned construction deadlines. The World Bank representative said that the international financial institution wishes to get actively involved in the process of reorganisation and reconstruction in the railway sector. 

 The World Bank wants to back Serbia's efforts and help the country realise all the plans in the railway sector, on the operative and technical level, as well as in the sector of direct investments in the infrastructure network, El-Hifnawi said. Mrkonjic announced that a draft law on railway will be filed to the parliament soon which will make room for greater efficiency of the large economic system. He underscored that the mixed committee of Serbia and Hungary is working on defining the project of construction of two-lane railroad from Belgrade to Budapest, the Ministry of Transport stated in a release. Mrkonjic said that the World Bank can join the funding of the transport project if it wishes so.

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