Dan Sova, Minister Delegate for National Infrastructure Projects and Foreign Investments, is in favor of building a highway between Sibiu and Brasov as opposed to Sibiu and Pitesti, even though the latter is preferred by the European Commission and can be financed through European funds, adevarul.ro notes. According to Minister Sova’s assessments, the 134 kilometer-long route of Brasov-Sibiu highway would overlap with the section of Transylvania (A3) highway between Brasov and Fagaras, and another section, between Fagaras and Sibiu, would overlap with an expressway project on the agenda of the County Council of Brasov for which feasibility studies and expropriations have already been conducted. Consequently, the first route version would be less costly than the route Pitesti – Sibiu, which would block the corridor on Valea Oltului. According to the feasibility study, the 116 kilometer-long Pitesti – Sibiu highway will cost EUR 3.2 billion. Upon recent discussions about the effects of the relocation and the effects of regionalization, unionists at Dacia are considering organizing an ample protest. “The relocation would be a disaster for Dacia plant. Currently, we deliver 220,000 vehicles every year to locations on the Pitesti – Valcea – Sibiu – Nadlac corridor. Divided by a maximum of 7 vehicles that fit into a trailer, the number of trailers that will still have to travel on this convoluted route would be 40,000. I don’t know what they wish to accomplish and why they didn’t think about the negative impact such a change in route would have on Dacia plant and the Romanian economy. If they decide not to build the Sibiu – Pitesti highway, consequences will be reflected in the final price of our vehicles, and ultimately, we here at Dacia, and the economy on the whole, stand to lose against the competition,” Constantin Stroe, Vice-Chairman at Dacia, stated.
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