Ivica Puljak: Split Will be Among Best Places in Croatia for Education

Lauren Simmonds

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As Morski writes, presenting his programme in the City of Split, Croatia’s second largest city, Centre’s mayoral candidate Ivica Puljak announced the construction of apartments, kindergartens and schools, and said that if making a return to the helm of Split’s city administration, they’d continue where they left off.

According to Ivica Puljak, they wanted to share the programme with the people at a public presentation at the place where they celebrated their victory last time, something he hopes to repeat. He was accompanied by other Centre political candidates (who would be deputy mayors), Bojan Ivosevic and Antonio Kuzmanic.

They plan to build POS apartments in Koresnica, complete Znjan beach by the summer of 2024, and build the Dracevac Technology Park. They have already thought up a project to build four kindergartens, so two should be completed by the beginning of the next school year, and two by the end of the term so that all children can have a place in kindergarten.

”Split will be one of the best places in Croatia in terms of education standards,” claimed a confident Ivica Puljak. They also plan to build five new halls so that all primary schools in Split have their own, as well as two new schools, in Kili and Sirobuja, N1 reports. There are also the priority streets of Lovrinacka, Vukovarska, Put Mostina, Put Kamena, Bracka ulica and Mandjerova in their sights, as well as the desire to solve the problem of parking through urban mobility and building more garages.

Ivica Puljak said that they also have a new waste management system to boast of, so that Split would be able to separate 50 percent of waste in three years and become an “example city” to others across Croatia and indeed further afield.

In addition to the original waste separation system, they have developed a new urban policy and will draft a new GUP by the year 2026, and conduct a tender for city projects. According to that, he added, Stari Hajduk Square would become a memorial-cultural-sports centre with underground garages as well.

When asked how to get money for the planned projects has been secured and set aside, Ivica Puljak answered that the money will be generated from the city budget, while the City of Split will still have to borrow for some of these important projects.

He noted that they now have a more realistic programme than they did before because they have experience in Banovina, and said that they want to continue where they left off “with more enthusiasm, desire, hope and greater support from residents.”

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