The Regulatory Institute for Renewables and Environment (RERI) has announced that the Administrative Court in Belgrade has reached the decision whereby it orders the cessation of works on the construction of the cable car in Kalemegdan in Belgrade, at the request of the RERI.
The construction works will be put on hold until the final decision on the legality of the building permit issued by the Ministry of Construction is investigated.
The RERI says in a post on its website (www.reri.org.rs ) that the Administrative Court reached the decision of April 19th, that the request for the stoppage of the construction works is justified and that the execution of works in Kalemegdan might result in “irreparable damage to the cultural monuments, such as the Kalemegdan fortress, and the environment”.
According to the decision of the Administrative Court, the works in Kalemegdan “cannot continue until the court reaches the final decision on the legality of the building permit”. The Institute says that the decision made by the Administrative Court “shows that the rule of law still exists in Serbia and that fighting to protect the environment and the public interest through legal means produces results”.
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The RERI also invites relevant institutions, especially the Ministry of Construction, the Ministry of Tourism and Telecommunications, the City of Belgrade and the PE Ski Resorts of Serbia to “comply with the laws and cease all activities on the construction of the cable car, which undermines public interest”.
On April 1st, the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure decided in favour of issuing the building permit, whereby preparatory works, which entail the excavation of earth and the laying of concrete piles, in the location of the Belgrade Fortress and the “Ancient Singidunum” archaeological site in Kalemegdan.
The fortress of Kalemegdan, also known as “the Belgrade fortress” was built from the 2nd to the 18th century, destroyed and rebuilt numerous times and is the symbol of the city. The Romans had built the first fortification in the 2nd century, and later it was home to the Roman legion IV Flaviae which protected the area. It suffered devastation by Goths, Huns, Avars and Slavs,
The current city authorities, led by the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) decided to build the cable car, and, to that end, cut down a considerable number of trees to the dismay of local residents.
The pillars that would hold the cable car were planned to be between 30 and 40 metres high, and the cable car would be positioned some 20 metres above the River Sava. The route that the cable car will take from Kalemegdan to Novi Beograd will be one kilometre long.
The cost of the works was estimated at 15 million euro, with the Ministry of Tourism providing two-thirds of the sum, and the rest would come from the city budget.
As the Belgrade Mayor, Zoran Radojicic said earlier the cable car would travel one kilometre over the river with two boarding stations – one near the Port of Belgrade and Beton Hala, and the other one near Usce. The deadline for the completion of works is 275 days from the date of obtaining the building permit.
The cable car would transport up to 3,000 people an hour in both directions and the entire journey from one side of the river to the other would last five minutes.
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