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RON 104 M for continuing the construction of Metro 5 main line

Metrorex will receive next week, through Emergency Ordinance, RON 104 M from the Environment Fund in order to continue the construction works of Metro 5 main line, which were stopped approximately three weeks ago, the minister of Transport, Relu Fenechiu, announced Tuesday after an inspection of the construction site.“(…) Through the June rectification we will allot an additional RON 250 M, so in June the shields that work underground will be able to move towards the Orizont and Favorit stations,” the minister added. Metrorex officials said that the structural works for Main Line 5 Drumul Taberei – Eroilor will be ready in March next year, but feasibility studies must begin for stations and for securing the communication grids. “For these studies we must make feasibility studies so we can finance them with European funds during 2014 – 2020,” the Transport minister explained.The works for Main Line 5 have been stopped some three weeks ago, because the funds allotted to the project were depleted, given Metrorex received this year RON 205 M, for both main lines 5 and 6, and also for installing elevators in the existing stations, and the sum has been already spent. “The completion deadline for the Raul Doamnei-Hasdeu segment is 2015, for the segment Hasdeu-Iancului – 2017 and in the case of the Iancului-Pantelimon segment the works will be completed in 2019,” Fenechiu mentioned.When asked about the source of the RON 104 M, the minister answered: “From the government, from the environment stamp.” The environment stamp – which costs from under EUR 50, for the new Euro 5 automobile, to more than EUR 2,500 for a 10-year old Euro 3 car – became effective Friday. Asked about Main Line 6 – the connection of the metro grid to the Henri Coanda International Airport (Otopeni) -, Fenechiu said that this segment is currently being designed, with emphasis on attracting European funds for financing the works.

Metrorex planned expenses of RON 299.7 M for investments this year, compared to the RON 779 M scheduled in 2012, and estimates losses of RON 24.8 M, according to the incomes and expenses budget for this year.

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