The construction of the metro will begin in the Serbian capital in 2021
Serbian Finance Minister Sinisa Mali and French Foreign Trade Minister Frank Riester signed an agreement on the implementation of infrastructure projects in Serbia.
Belgrade is the capital of Serbia. Source: www.artfile.ru
The document regulates the construction of the metro in Belgrade and several measures to improve the efficiency of Serbia’s electricity network as a whole. The total amount of the agreement is 581 million, of which 127 million is earmarked for the development of the electricity grid, and 454 million – for the construction of the first metro line from the Makish field to the district of Miriyevo.
The feasibility study of the project will be developed by the French engineering corporation Egis Group, which is engaged in transport system planning, design, and operation of transport infrastructure.
The contractor will be a consortium of foreign enterprises: the Chinese company will carry out the construction work directly, the French – will be engaged in the design and supply of engineering systems of the subway.
According to preliminary estimates, the cost of construction of the first line of the Belgrade metro with a length of 21.3 km will be 2.2 billion.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic stressed that the construction of the metro in the capital will not only reduce transport problems but also raise the prestige of the country.
“I am grateful to French President Emanuel Macron, who supported the Serbian people, showed the true attitude of the French people towards Serbia and understanding, even if on some issues our views did not coincide,” Vucic said.
Plans for the construction of an off-street rail system in Belgrade were first launched in 1976. Construction began in the mid-1980s, and two underground stations (Karajordzhev Park and Vukov Spomenik) opened on July 7, 1995. The use allowed the launch of the BG WHO urban rail system. However, the metro system as such was never put into operation.
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