Paving of Kikindska Street in Kragujevac currently in progress

As part of the „Clean Serbia“ Project, the works on paving of the Kikindska St. in Kargujevac have commenced. These works follow the completion of works on the construction of sewage network at the same location.

The works on the implementation of the „Clean Serbia“ Project in Kragujevac are currently ongoing at nine locations, and the Mayor of Kragujevac Nikola Dasic has stated that the total lenght of the newly built sewage network should measure 25 km by the end of May.

In the settlement of Petrovac, after the completion of works of pipe placement, the Kikindska Street, in the lenght of 1788 meters, is currently being paved. After the Kikindska Street, the paving of the Brdjanska Street will ensue, where the preparatory paving works have already been completed.

Additional 60 km of sewage network in Subotica

In Subotica, an additional 60km of sewage network will be constructed soon, which is possible thanks to the successfully implemented first phase of the “Clean Serbia” Project.”The expansion will cover both the town and Palic, and the value of works is 25.4 million Euros” Radoslav Vukelic from the secretariat for municipal affairs of Subotica stated among other things.

The town of Subotica has been preparing all necessary documentation for the past year, so the expectations are that everything regarding that should be finalized by the end of June.

„The exact time frame for the commencement of works will be followed by the issuing of construction permits based on the design and technical documentation which is in the final stage of preparation. Tentatively planned duration of works is 39 months (since the day of commencement) and include the excavation of trenches, pouring of the sand bed, placement of pipes, inspection of pipes, backfilling of trenches and placement of all inspection manholes and pumping stations planned in the design” Vukelic said.

In the next phase of the “Clean Serbia” Project, it is planned to construct a wastewater treatment plant in Cantavir and Bajmok, as well as a sewage network in the length of 25 km respectively in each of those places.

Vukelic reckons that this is the biggest municipal investment in the last few decades.

The new IPARD program is a chance for wastewater treatment plants

When the new IPARD program is adopted, as stated in NALED’s announcement, local governments could apply for grants of up to four million euros to build wastewater treatment plants.

At the meeting of NALED’s Food and Agriculture Association, which was held at the Faculty of Agriculture in Novi Sad, it was said that less than 8% of municipal wastewater is treated in Serbia, and that by 2040, all local governments are required to build their own facilities. which requires serious investments.

The new IPARD program will therefore be a great chance for cities and municipalities to get funds both for wastewater treatment and for the construction of roads, water supply systems, biogas plants and thermal energy production that will reduce the level of pollution with the help of renewable energy sources. make production cheaper and improve socioeconomic living conditions, among other things, NALED’s statement says.

Mijović: Clean Serbia will soon be in the Municipality of Golubac

The President of the municipality of Golubac, Dr. Nebojša Mijović, announced the imminent start of the implementation of the “Clean Serbia” project in this municipality.

The municipality of Golubac received funds for the construction of 61 kilometers of sewage network within the “Clean Serbia” project. As Mijović stated, all preparatory works were completed on time, by the end of last year, and the implementation of this ecological state project will soon begin.

The works will first start in the villages of Vinci and Usje, as well as in the village of Dvorište and the Tumane monastery. The “Clean Serbia” project in Golupac also includes the installation of a wastewater treatment plant.

15 million Euros for sewage in Indjija and Beska

In the Municipalities of Indjija and Beska, 36 km of sewage network will be constructed as part of the “Clean Serbia” Project.

The Contract which was signed between the Municipality of Indjija, Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Serbia and Chinese company China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) stipulates the completion of the sewage network in Indjija, but also in the whole of the settlement of Beska.

The implementation of the “Clean Serbia” Project, in the scope of the signed Contract, plans for the construction of 36km of sewage network. The value of works is 15 million Euros.

The Contract was signed by the head of the municipal president’s office, Nemanja Milojevic, on behalf of the Municipality of Indjija.



After the completed works, asphalting in Vranje

After the completion of works on the construction of the sewage network in Franše D’Eperea Street in Vranje, asphalting began. The works were visited by the mayor Dr. Slobodan Milenković.

The Mayor of Vranje, Dr. Slobodan Milenković, with his colleagues, visited Franše D’Eperea Street, where asphalting works are being carried out.

“As part of the Communal Program for this year, this city road with a length of 518 meters and a width of 3.2 meters is being paved today. The value of the works is about 4.8 million dinars. Before these works, here, through the “Clean Serbia” project, a sewage network was built and the old asbestos pipes on the water supply network were replaced. I want to emphasize that I am extremely satisfied with the realization of this project, because there were many problems, in terms of solving property and legal relations, and I am glad that the residents of this part of the city finally welcomed the asphalt,” said Milenković.

On the previous day, Kajamakčalanska street was paved with a length of 230 meters and a width of 4.2 meters, worth 2.5 million dinars.

“We are continuing with the implementation of the Communal Program, and according to the established plan, the asphalting of Cetinjska and Dimitrija Tucovića streets will follow,” added the mayor.

Cesspools directly jeopardize the health of the population

In the absence of a sewage network, households in Serbia drain wastewater into cesspools without realizing how dangerous it actually is and how much it endangers them.

A cesspool is a watertight plastic tank, buried in the ground near the house, that receives all wastewater from toilets and other sources within the septic system. A cesspool has two main roles: to store sewage so that it cannot be pumped out of the septic system, and to isolate solid waste from liquid sewage so that it does not clog pipes and seep into groundwater.
According to Slobodan Krstovic, director for sustainable development of NALED, 65% of the population in Serbia is connected to the sewage system, while the rest use cesspools.
“According to estimates, we have around three million cesspools. Inadequate cleaning and neglect of these tanks can leave dangerous and permanent consequences for the environment,” Krstovic told the Blic newspaper.
Krstovic expresses the opinion that Vojvodina is particularly at risk of cesspools because it is a flat land, which is negatively affected by groundwater pollution.
“This is precisely why the limit values of groundwater pollution in Vojvodina are generally above the limits, and since it is the granary of Serbia, it is a big problem because it negatively affects the quality of agricultural products.” “Zrenjanin stands out as the town where this problem of polluted water is the most critical, but other places in Vojvodina have a similar problem,” Krstovic told the Blic newspaper.
Cesspools are taken care of by their owners, and the unwritten rule is that they should be emptied every three years. Owners often clean them by pouring mercury, which can lead to contamination of groundwater and soil with heavy metals. Such polluted water and land directly worsen the health of the population.
According to Krstovic, the solution to the mentioned situation is the “Clean Serbia” project of the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure.
“There are local governments where you have to work to build sewage because there isn‘t any.” This is the problem of rural areas, while urban areas are mostly covered by sewage. There we also have cesspools that are built according to different standards, so their safety is questionable considering that the dynamic of regular cleaning is not established,” Krstovic said.
Mixing wastewater with groundwater, in addition to the negative impact on human health, inevitably leads to contamination of a wider area.
“Such is the situation in Belgrade, where the entire left bank of the Danube is filled with cesspools. Even when these cesspools are cleaned, that waste is directly discharged into the river at Ada Huja. With the completion of the construction project of sewage networks in Serbia, in addition to the complete sewage network, cesspools in Serbia would also be regulated. Then all consumers, that is, people and the industry, where possible, would be connected to the sewage and wastewater treatment system,” said Krstovic, among other things.

Sewage network in the Municipality of Svilajnac for 70% of the population

In the Municipality of Svilajnac, as part of the “Clean Serbia” Project, the construction of more than 100 km of sewage network is planned through two phases of works.

The Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, Goran Vesic, signed a Contract with the Chinese company China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) and the President of the Municipality of Svilajnac, Predrag Milanovic, on the first phase of the construction of municipal infrastructure in this municipality.
Signing the contract, the president of the municipality of Svilajnac, Predrag Milanovic, emphasized that within the first phase of the works, a sewage network will be built in Kusiljevo, Sedlar, Subotica and Troponje. Milanovic says that two phases of work are expected in Svilajnac.
“In this first phase, almost 72 km of sewage network will be built in these four villages, and the value of the works is about 30 million Euros. By the end of the year, the Annex will be signed for the second phase, as the Minister Vesic announced, which is worth about 40 million Euros, which makes this the biggest infrastructurual project in the history of the Municipality of Svilajnac,”  Milanovic said.
As part of the “Clean Serbia” Project, the construction of a wastewater treatment plant is also planned. “Svilajnac is one of the municipalities that will receive the most kilometers of newly built sewerage network when both phases are completed,”  Goran Vesic said at the signing of the contract.
As the President of the Municipality MIlanović pointed out, with the implementation of the “Clean Serbia” Project, more than 70% of the population of this Municipality will receive a sewage network.

For the city of Sombor, 82 km of sewage network

The mayor of Sombor, Antonio Ratković, announced works within the “Clean Serbia” project worth 38 million euros.

The city of Sombor is among the eight local governments that signed the annexes to the contract for the implementation of the “Clean Serbia” project. The mayor of this city, Antonio Ratković, says that the construction of a sewage network in the length of 82 km, the value of which is 38 million euros, is coming to Sombor.

“Soon we expect the start of the implementation of this very important project for the City of Sombor.” The design and technical documentation is being done in its entirety for the city and 11 settlements included in the “Clean Serbia” project, and Stanišić and Bezdan are among the first settlements where the works will begin. The construction of the sewage network, the collector between the settlements, as well as the purifier will be carried out in three phases,” said Ratković.

According to the mayor, 140 km of sewage network have been built in Sombor so far, and that in the coming period, through the three phases of the “Clean Serbia” project, over 250 km of sewage network will be built, as well as 4 new wastewater treatment plants.

The contract was concluded between the Republic of Serbia and the Chinese company “China Road and Bridge Corporation Company”.

The Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, Goran Vesić, announced during the signing of the contract that about 2.36 million people will be connected to the sewage system.

Đurić: Novi Sad expects the second phase of the “Clean Serbia” project

The mayor of Novi Sad, Milan Đurić, announced the beginning of the second phase of the “Clean Serbia” project in this city.

The citizens of Novi Sad expect the continuation of the implementation of the “Clean Serbia” project through the second phase of the project, announced Milan Đurić, the mayor.

“I am proud that I can officially confirm to my fellow citizens of Novi Sad that the realization of the second phase of the project “Clean Serbia” is starting, the value of which is more than 25 million euros. And this phase will be financed from of the budget of the Republic of Serbia, and I use this opportunity to express my gratitude to the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, as well as to the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure for their support and assistance in the realization of such an extensive project, which is of strategic importance for our city,” said Đurić.

According to him, the Central Wastewater Treatment Plant will be built within the framework of this project, which is of strategic importance for the further development of communal infrastructure and environmental protection.