At the Global Forum on Sustainable Transport in Beijing, the Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure thanked the Government of China for cooperation in the field of infrastructure and among the projects that are currently being implemented, he singled out the “Clean Serbia” project.
The Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure in the Government of the Republic of Serbia, Goran Vesić, stated that the strategic goal of the Government of Serbia is full membership in the EU, but that our country will continue to nurture fruitful political and economic cooperation with traditional friends, including China.
Vesić, in his address at the Global Forum on Sustainable Transport in Beijing, expressed his gratitude for the exceptional cooperation that Serbia has with China in the field of infrastructure, as well as for supporting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia.
He pointed out that the international cooperation between our two countries is currently at a historic level, thanks to the steely friendship that the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, and the President of China, Xi Jinping, are building.
Speaking about numerous infrastructure projects in the field of traffic infrastructure, Minister Vesić highlighted the “Clean Serbia” sewage infrastructure construction project.
“Together with our Chinese partners, the “Clean Serbia” project is being implemented, the value of which is 3.5 billion euros, and within which 2.3 million people in Serbia will receive sewage,” said the minister.
President of the Municipality of Varvarin Violeta Lutovac has emphasized the importance of the „Clean Serbia“ Project in particular for the Municipality of Varvarin during the interview for Krusevac Grad. She claims that this is the most valuable investment.
„The most significant and valuable investment is the ‚Clean Serbia‘ Project, through which we have received 22 million Euros from the Government in order to build a sewage networtk and four wastewater treatment facilities in four settlements“, Violeta Lutovac stated.
She says that there hasn‘t been an investment that would even come close to this one in the past 30 years in this municipality.
„Having in mind that clean and healthy environment is one of the priorities, the implementation of this project will have an even greater significance, because we wouldn‘t be able to build those 45 kilometers of sewage network and those wastewater treatment facilities for decades, if it weren‘t for the funds granted by the Government in the amount of five of our annual budgets“ Lutovac stated.
According to her statement, the works are progressing in a satisfactory pace, more than half of all work is already done, and after the project has been fully implemented, Varvarin, Varvarin Village, Gornji Katun and Obrez will have a complete sewage network.
Works on the construction of the sewage network in the Municipality of Krupanj are going according to the planned dynamics, confirmed the deputy president of the municipality Vesna Marjanovic.
Deputy president of the municipality Vesna Marjanovic visited the site of works which are a part of the „Clean Serbia“ Project in the municipality.
Currently, the construction of the main sewage collector which should be connected to the wastewater treatment plant in Banjevac is under way.
The works are implemented as part of the „Clean Serbia“ Project and the plan is to construct 7.2 kilometers of sewage network, as well as two wastewater treatment plants. The value of said works is around five million Euros.
The Mayor of Novi Sad, Milan Đurić, together with his colleagues, visited the works on the restoration of road infrastructure in Zmajevački put Street in the Novi Sad neighborhood of Klisa, and on that occasion he pointed out that the City of Novi Sad has invested 3 billion and 130 million dinars in the Klisa neighborhood so far. Next comes the investment in the sewage network through the “Clean Serbia” project.
Đurić announced that, as part of the second phase of the “Clean Serbia” project implemented by the Republic of Serbia, the City of Novi Sad received funds for part of Klisa, Gornja livada, and that it is expected to begin the process of building a sewage network.” From 18 kilometers that need to be built sewerage network works will cover a little more than 5 kilometers and they should start at the end of this year, which is extremely important for the citizens of Gornji livada”, said Đurić.
The mayor of Novi Sad said that investments in this part of the city will continue through the construction of other infrastructure and facilities according to the needs of the citizens.
“I am proud that we have continued to invest in a part of the City that is very important to us. “Klisa is a neighborhood that developed very quickly, and in this part of the city we can proudly point out that we have invested in the construction of water and sewage networks, the construction of roads, public lighting… and we will not stop there,” Đurić pointed out.
The rivers Trnavica, Raška and Jošanica in their water course through Novi Pazar will be protected by the implementation of the “Clean Serbia” project. Member of the Novi Pazar Assembly, Kasim Zoranić, announced additional financing complete reconstruction of the water supply and sewerage network in this city.
“Through the “Clean Serbia” project, thanks to the loan approved by the People’s Republic of China, additional financing will be provided for the complete reconstruction of the water supply and sewerage network in the city area of Novi Pazar”, said Kasim Zoranić.
Zoranić stated that with the support of the World Bank and the Government of Serbia, which financed the project through Srbijavod, Novi Pazar will finance the expropriation and construction of new bridges over Trnavica. “This is an important step towards the modernization and improvement of the infrastructure of this part of Serbia, which will significantly contribute to a better quality of life for citizens and the economic development of this region,” says Zoranić.
The project includes the installation of collectors, sewage and water supply networks along all three riverbeds, as well as the construction of roads along the rivers.
No one knows the precise data on how much plastic packaging ends up in waterways in Serbia every year. It takes dozens or even hundreds of years to decompose one plastic bag. However, a plastic bag in water can break down into microplastics that can eventually end up in the human diet.
Careless disposal of waste by rivers is not new in Serbia, and waste very often ends up in the rivers themselves. Most of the waste that ends up in the water is plastic.
The available data show that it practically never disappears completely, but also passes into the state of microplastics during decomposition.
Plastic packaging can contain certain chemicals, such as bisphenols, phthalates and other additives, which can migrate from the packaging into the water or other products it contains. These chemicals can potentially have negative effects on human health if they end up in drinking water.
Of particular concern is the fact that indicates that the known methods of water purification in plants are not adequate when it comes to microplastics, i.e. microplastics can go through the processes of sedimentation and filtration in water purification plants, and eventually end up in the water discharged into rivers from where can be used for water supply.
At the same time, there can also be contamination of groundwater with microplastics, which directly affects water intakes and sources of drinking water.
In order to reduce the negative impact of plastic packaging on water quality, it is important to take appropriate measures for plastic management. These include reducing the use of single-use plastics, promoting recycling, proper waste disposal, and developing innovative packaging materials that are less harmful to the environment and human health. It is also important to conduct impact research plastic to water and work on regulations that will protect water resources from plastic pollution.