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October 26, 2020
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Deadlines for underground main line 5 will be observed, minister says

The deadlines set for the three segments of metro main line 5 Drumul Taberei-Pantelimon will be observed and the sum allocated this year for the project amount to RON 114 M, Transport minister Relu Fenechiu announced yesterday in a press conference, quoted by Hotnews.ro. Fenechiu added that, if the entire sum is spent, additional funds will be allocated through the budget rectification. “The Raul Doamnei-Hasdeu has 2015 as completion deadline, Hasdeu-Iancului – 2017, and in the case of Iancului-Pantelimon, the works will be completed in 2019. For the construction works of this year, we were allocated RON 114 M, but the Ministry of Finance promised us that, if the entire sum is spent, we will receive additional funds through budget rectification in August,” the minister of Transport explained.The construction of metropolitan line Drumul Taberei-Universitate, which has made life miserable for almost two years to the inhabitants of the Drumul Taberei district of Bucharest, will be allocated this year only RON 95 M (EUR 21.5 M). Initially, the completion of this major project of the Bucharest infrastructure was pushed back to year 2018, from the initial deadline of 2014, zf.ro reports.The debts that were rolled from year to year and practically the delay of the construction by four years – this is a short way of describing how the Ministry of Transport decided to approach the construction of main line 5 Drumul Taberei-Universitate. At the beginning of last year, the budget of this ministry provided that this project would receive some RON 381 M (EUR 86.5 M) in 2012, but after the rectification operated last summer the Drumul Taberei subway was left with less than half the sum, more precisely with about RON 178 M (EUR 40.5 M). Also in last summer’s rectification, the Transport Ministry planned to spend over RON 500 M (EUR 114 M) for this main line. But the budget for 2013 brought significant changes again: the Drumul Taberei metro will receive this year 5 times less than the government estimated six months ago. Who knows now? We shall see. The construction works of this metro line are financed from the budget and with money from the European Investment Bank.

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