More delays for Belgrade’s new main bus station
The Center for Local Self-Government (CLS) said today that the new main bus station in Belgrade will not be completed until the end of 2022, although the last deadline was February this year and the original deadline was September 2019.
“The construction work has stopped because the planned budget of 21 million euros has been exceeded and the station is not even close to being completed. BAS (Beogradska autobuska stanica) is therefore obliged to take out two more bank loans, and according to the latest calculations, the new bus station will eventually cost around 42 million euros,” CLS director Nikola Jovanović said in a statement. .
“From the beginning, CLS was quite critical of the 2017 agreement between Belgrade authorities and BAS (Belgrade Bus Station) to build a new bus station, because it was not clear why BAS had been chosen as a strategic partner for the project and no obligation a public tender was issued. Moreover, no one assessed BAS’s ability to carry out such a strategic project” – says Jovanović and adds:
Outgoing deputy mayor Goran Vesić and BAS director Andjelko Mučibabić are solely responsible for the debacle of moving the main bus station to Novi Beograd, as they made the wrong decisions regarding construction, financial projections and provider selection.
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