Minister Bacic at Banovina Reconstruction Sites: Funds Used Before Deadline

Katarina Anđelković

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May 24, 2023 – Croatian deputy prime minister, Branko Bačić, visited the Banovina reconstruction sites on Tuesday, specifically the landslide in the Petrinja area. He said that in Sisak-Moslavina County, 110 percent of the planned 319 million euros for the reconstruction of buildings was used 50 days before the deadline.

“We are particularly pleased with the implementation of very important projects for Petrinja and the county. All reconstruction projects financed from the Solidarity Fund in Sisak-Moslavina County are progressing well. This applies equally to public and private facilities. By the end of the summer, we will take care of all our fellow citizens in container settlements and speed up the reconstruction of private houses,” Bačić said, as reported by Index.

“We will warn contractors about missed deadlines”

He added that in Petrinja, in the container settlements, there are about sixty users living in containers, half of whom do not have the right to rebuild. Eight residential buildings under construction in Petrinja will be used for their accommodation, while the procurement of mobile low-energy wooden houses is underway.

Bačić mentioned that the Ministry is not satisfied with the dynamics of the works of some contractors taking part in the Banovina reconstruction, with whom a meeting will be held on Thursday to warn them of their deadlines.

In the past six weeks, 14 public tenders, with 141 construction sites, had to be canceled. This is why there is a great demand for construction workers, and if they aren’t found in the country, contractors from abroad will have to be hired.

Visits to two landslides near Petrinja

Before the tour of the construction site, a meeting was held in Petrinja in the presence of the prefect Ivan Celjak and the mayor of Petrinja, Magdalena Komes, on the dynamics of the continuation of the reconstruction in the area of Petrinja. On this occasion, the structural renovation of 42 buildings was entrusted to the City to speed up the process.

Mayor Komes reminded that, in addition to the obligation to structurally restore buildings in the city’s center, the City undertook to remove part of the auxiliary buildings not intended for renovation. Minister Bačić visited the construction site of the complete renovation of the former Munjara in Petrinja. This Art Nouveau private building that once housed its administration, but is now under protection.

He also visited two landslides being rehabilitated near Petrinja with a total value of 255,000 euros. He spoke with the users of the container settlement in Mošćenica, and in Sunja, he also visited the just-completed replacement family house, measuring 55 square meters.

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