Chinese Dismiss Peljesac Bridge Guards, Police Inspect Site Safety

Lauren Simmonds

The Chinese have been making tremendous headway on the construction of the long awaited Peljesac bridge down in Dalmatia. The strategic project which was funded heavily by the European Union will connect not only Croatian but EU territory, removing the need to cross the non-EU border into neughbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina when driving from the extreme south of Dalmatia to the rest of the country.

Peljesc bridge saw opposition from various Bosnian politicians and was a non starter for very many years. Now that the worst is behind it, the Chinese builders have advanced to an incredible degree. Getting large parts of the bridge’s foundations done before the Croatian side could even work out who was going to build the access roads. A likely story.

Yesterday, an unusual scene took place at the site of Peljesac bridge’s construction as the Chinese building the bridge removed the security guards from their positions. Police presence was also noted.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 18th of January, 2020, the police arrived to the Peljesac bridge construction site to supervise the safety of the site and will issue their expert opinion as soon as possible.

China Road & Bridge Corporation (CRBC), the company chosen to build the large and highly significant structure, has fired the previous security guards who guarded and supervised the construction of Peljesac bridge, the Dubrovnik local portal Dubrovacki dnevnik reported.

Although the sight of the police arriving and the security guards being dismissed might have seemed somewhat surprising, with many hoping for some drama to unfold, according to the aforementioned Dubrovnik-based portal, the move is not really surprising because Chinese builders are very well known for being extremely cost-conscious, but on the other hand, one should not neglect the possibility of the level of the bridge’s security protection, which has obviously been called into question for some reason or another.

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