Vesić: Second phase of works soon to commence in Sombor

The Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure Goran Vesić has announced the start of works on the Second Phase of the “Clean Serbia” Project in Sombor, during which the construction of sewage network in this Vojvodina town will continue.

“We are currently living in unstable times where there is a war going on on our continent, and where nobody knows whether that war will spread and what its consequences on our continent will be. We, as a small nation keep our peace and independence, we keep our right to make a free choice, but we also keep what is most important and that is peace and our country. We, as the Government of the Republic of Serbia, have initiated several projects on the territory of Vojvodina and in Sombor itself. I am very happy to participate as a Minister in the implementation of said projects”,Vesić stated.

Vesić is of the opinion that the continuation of works within the “Clean Serbia” Project, a connection to a highway and the reconstruction of the Sombor-Vrbas railway improve the lives of Sombor residents in many ways. The Minister has mentioned that members of 21 different nations inhabit Sombor and has asked them to keep cherishing that diversity.

“Cherish the treasure that you have, tolerance and cohabitation… This is a mutual house of everyone living in Sombor. That is our treasure. By keeping peace, we keep what is most important and precious in the times to come”, was the Minister’s message.

The quality of our lives also depends on the quality of water

When we turn on the faucet in our homes, we usually don’t think much about the water we drink. We need water to live. Our quality of life depends on how much we protect it and the way we treat it.

International organizations dealing with the preservation of water resources note that once used water can be contaminated with various chemical substances. Unfortunately, some of them cannot even be processed or purified.

The products we use every day can pollute our waters: phosphates used in cleaning products, plastic microbeads or cooking oil. In agriculture, water used for crops may contain residues of chemicals used in fertilizers and pesticides. After use and sometimes treatment, the part this changed water is returned to the water body.

The European Environmental Protection Agency states that in the last four decades, Europe has made significant progress in regulating water quality, treating wastewater and protecting its marine and freshwater habitats and species.

“EU policy addresses a wide range of issues from drinking water, urban wastewater, habitat protection, designation of marine protected areas and bathing water quality to flooding, single-use plastics, industrial emissions and restrictions on the use of hazardous chemicals. These specific pieces of EU legislation they are strengthened by comprehensive programs and laws, such as the Seventh Action Program for the Environment, the Framework Directive on Water and the Framework Directive on Marine Strategy”, it is stated on the official website of this Agency.

Waters do not have and do not know administrative boundaries. The state of Serbia, as part of the European nations, must show responsibility in the management of water resources. This is also one of the key reasons for launching the “Clean Serbia” project. Protecting our rivers through the construction of sewage networks and wastewater treatment plants is the best way to drinking water and a healthy environment.

Burić: Multiple effects of the implementation of the project

State Secretary in the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, Isidora Burić, emphasized the multiple effects that will follow the implementation of the “Clean Serbia” project.

According to the state secretary, the first effect is that some parts of Serbia will get a sewage network and wastewater treatment plants for the first time. “The second relates to the maintenance of drinking water systems in the Republic of Serbia, that is, in cities and municipalities that are threatened by uncontrolled sewage spills. With this project, we will also protect rivers from pollution, with a special focus on the Sava, Danube, Drina, Morava basin, Pek, Timok, Kolubara and Mlava rivers,” said Burić.

She reminded that everything in nature rests on the principle of interdependence: “By protecting rivers from pollution, we also protect the complete biodiversity in the basins of these rivers, which together contributes to the preservation of the environment, which, we will agree, is one of the main prerequisites for a healthy and normal life of people in Serbia”, stated the state secretary.

Obrenovac is preparing documentation for new locations

In the Municipality of Obrenovac, works are currently being carried out at several locations within the “Clean Serbia” project. While construction works are ongoing, the Municipality of Obrenovac is preparing the necessary documentation for the new locations.

Currently, works are being carried out in Breštanska Street in the Municipal Municipality of Urovica, where the construction of house connections is underway. After the completion of these works, asphalting will follow, and the director of the Public Utility Company “Vodovod i Kanalizacija” Branko Matić asked the citizens for patience.

“This work is very demanding and involves the going out of engineers to every street, and as such it takes a long time. Due to the construction of the sewage network, our citizens have a lot of problems in their daily functioning, especially in parts of the city, where the streets are narrow, so the parts where the works were carried out remain unpaved for some time. However, the procedure is such that you have to wait for some time, before the actual paving, so that the asphalt does not crack”, said Matić.

According to him, the first construction permit was obtained for the construction of the sewage network in the local community of Barič, so he announced the start of construction works in this part of the municipality of Obrenovac.

“This project includes the construction of a sewage network in the local communities of Zvečka, Urovci, Krtinska, a part of the Gaj settlement, as well as a part of the industrial zone. Also, work is being done on the design of the continuation of the network in Zvvečka, from the overpass to Ratar, as well as part of Mislođin, but also the whole of Barič”, said Matić.

With the implementation of the “Clean Serbia” project, the design and construction of a new 100 kilometers of sewage network is planned on the territory of the city municipality of Obrenovac.

In Obrež, asphalting has been announced for March

The President of Varvarin Municipality, Violeta Lutovac Djurdjević, announced the start of asphalting in Obrež, after the works carried out as part of the Clean Serbia project, for the beginning of March.

“After the meeting with the representatives of the “Clean Serbia” project and the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, which is also the holder of this state project in our municipality, I want the residents of Obrež, where works on the construction of the sewage network are being carried out on a large scale, to expect that on the 3rd On March, the asphalting of the streets where the construction work has already been completed will begin, which is really good news for the residents of this local community”, points out the president of the municipality Dr. Violeta Lutovac Đurđević.

She confirmed that the implementation of the “Clean Serbia” project is progressing at an excellent pace. The construction of the sewage network is currently taking place on several fronts, in Obrež, Gornji Katun and Varvarin, and the plan is to build a total of 45 km of sewage network in four villages of the Varvarin municipality, as well as four separators for wastewater treatment.

Currently, works are underway on the construction of the sewerage network in Gornji Katun and Rasadnik settlement.