Serbia has more than two million illegally constructed facilities or 43.42 per cent of the total number of buildings built in 2017, shows the data compiled by the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure.
According to the recently adopted Strategy for Sustainable Urban Development of Serbia, covering the period until 2030, the structure of listed and categorized facilities in Serbia is dominated by housing (47.6%) and auxiliary facilities (35.2%), followed by economy- (11.92% ) and business-related (1.89%) facilities.
Illegally constructed residential buildings account for 47.24 per cent of the total number of residential buildings, i.e. every other residential building is illegally built.
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Otherwise, the price of a square of residential space in Belgrade has reached 5,000 euro and some believe that it is just a matter of time when this real estate bubble is going to burst.
The authors of the strategy recall that in the period since 1990, the process of massive illegal construction has picked up the pace.
The problem with the demand for housing grew rapidly in the period from 1990 to 2000 which led to the big momentum in individual housing construction in the suburbs, construction of extensions on existing building, construction of new facilities in public spaces in already built urban zones, usurpation of public building land and public areas, building in planned infrastructure corridors and construction of residential buildings for the sole purpose of leasing them.
(Vecernje Novosti, 08.07.2019)
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