One of the top priorities of the Government this year is finalising the ring road around Constanta by autumn.
Premier Emil Boc on Wednesday reproached Minister Elena Udrea the delays in the construction of the Constanta ring, while inspecting the construction site of the Medgidia-Constanta motorway, Mediafax reports. “The ministry should rapidly summon all those involved, and then decide and act. If you waste all your time in negotiations, you will never do anything, and tourists will wait in long lines on crowded roads,” Boc warned. The premier reproached the vice-president of Constanta County Council, Cristian Darie,that he did not post billboards advertising the authority that paid for the restoration of roads in the county. “Who is making this road? What does this billboard read? Is it the County Council, or the Government? It’s a shame to say that the Government is building this road,” he added.
The premier was accompanied in Constanta by the ministers of Regional Development, Elena Udrea, and Transport, Anca Boagiu. “We’ll do it, but I’d say we should first talk with people at the ministry,” Udrea answered. The 22 km-long Constanta ring will start from the DN2A Road, in the Ovidiu commune, near the bridge between Poarta Alba and the Midia Canal, will cross the Constanta city outskirts and will meet DN3.
Seaside tourists could use Constanta Ring starting July
Premier Emil Boc told Constanta Mayor Radu Mazare that, as of July, all tourists driving to the seaside will be able to avoid the center of the city by taking the ring road. “It is important for us to spare the city from the crowding specific to summer time, and allow Romanians to easily reach the seaside, or return home after a nice holiday,” said the premier. “After revising the road infrastructure programmes that refer directly to the city of Constanta, we may say that, as of this fall, we’ll spare the city from the heavy traffic nightmare, after we open the ring road,” he added. According to the premier, Constanta inhabitants will no longer endure the traffic of the 1,700 trucks that cross the city each day, causing so much discomfort. “This zone, with the Constanta ring, represents a major priority for the Government, along with everything implied by the Nadlac-Constanta Corridor IV. Now, we will put on auction, in public-private partnership, the road segment from Sibiu to Pitesti – the only that still lacks EU financing so far along the 4th Corridor,” the premier explained.
Emil Boc on Wednesday attended the signing by Minister Udrea and Mayor Mazare of a contract worth RON 16.9 M, for the construction of a multi-level car park near the Constanta County Hospital.
Boc, Udrea trade barbs with Constanta mayor over public money distribution
Premier Emil Boc and the minister of Regional Development and Tourism, Elena Udrea had a verbal argument Wednesday, in the town of Constanta, with local mayor Radu Mazare, who blamed them for allotting government funds mainly to the localities controlled by PDL mayors. Mazare gave the heating subsidy as an example of money being allotted preponderantly to PDL-controlled communities. “For instance, on 15 December 2010, Brasov received ROL 516 bln, Arad – ROL 291 bln, Bacau – ROL 65 bln, Constanta – 0. And the latest case, on 4 March 2011, Arad – 73 pc of the annual sum, Brasov – 56 pc, Cluj – 44 pc, Constanta – 22 pc. We go through much trouble, with outstanding debts worth ROL 425 bln (almost EUR 11 M), which causes a major deficit to our budget and many problems with paying for the energy we receive from the cogeneration plant (CET), which also charges us delay penalties,” Radu Mazare told Emil Boc. The municipality has always paid in advance the 55 pc it must cover from the subsidy of thermal energy.
The prime minister answered that the government covers up to 45 pc of the subsidy, not precisely 45 pc, and told Mazare to correctly spend the money, in order to really support people. “You say nothing about 2009 or 2008, because debts come from the past and are evaluated globally. Local authorities must refrain from spending money on things that do not interest the community, and should care for the population,” Emil Boc retorted. In her turn, Elena Udrea told Mazare that in the counties controlled by PSD, the County Council distributes the funds mainly to PSD mayors, which is also the case with Constanta. The Development and Tourism Ministry manages a programme aimed at restoring county roads of local interest and installing water and sewer grids, which are also to the benefit of the communities that have PSD mayors, she added. Radu Mazare countered the accusation by saying that, as long as the majority of localities in Constanta County have PSD mayors, it is normal for the bulk of the money to go to PSD-managed communities..