Bucharest Mayor Sorin Oprescu yesterday announced that the Basarab elevated passage is partly open to traffic, between Grozavesti and Calea Plevnei streets.
“We will assess the benefits and risks for drivers. Opening the passage might increase traffic fluidity between Calea Plevnei, Militari and Drumul Taberei,” Sorin Oprescu explained. He added that, in February, the municipality will start the works to the tramway station located on the passage and will install the lifts that will connect it with the streets under the passage. “The passage will completely open to traffic at the end of March,” the mayor added.
According to Oprescu, the supporting pillars, the zones under the passage and the parking lots beneath will be arranged as green areas. “The only problem is to decide who will administer the passage,” the mayor explained. The total cost of the Basarab Passage will reach EUR 173 M, he added.
Oprescu to sue in court the NGOs that are delaying works in the Berzei-Buzesti area
Several NGOs, including the ‘Save Bucharest’ association challenged in court the decision to demolish several buildings on the Buzesti Street. Additionally, they also asked the prefect of Bucharest to challenge in court the licenses issued for demolishing the Marna Hotel (3, Buzesti Street) and the Constantin Radulescu House (1, Calea Grivitei/Buzesti Street), and to suspend the demolition works. “Works were delayed and we received from the constructor an invoice that reflects it,” said the mayor. The demolition started under the licenses and authorisations issued by the Culture and National Patrimony Department of the Bucharest Municipality, which were challenged in court by ‘Save Bucharest.” On the land now occupied by derelict buildings in the Buzesti-Berzei area, the Municipality wants to construct a boulevard that will run from Piata Victoriei square to the Parliament Palace and beyond.