ECONOMY TRANSPORTS

Gov’t wants to accelerate implementation of infrastructure projects

The Government on Wednesday adopted the emergency ordinance meant to accelerate infrastructure projects. “We are opening a new stage in infrastructure investments because we will save a lot of time through this system. Infrastructure projects are very long projects, lasting 4-5 years. In the past, most of this time was spent obtaining permits,” Transport Minister Dan Costescu (photo) stated.

“Of the average five to six months lost in order to obtain permits, most stemmed from removing [plots of land] from agricultural use. Now this will no longer be the case. We will no longer wait on obtaining all permits for the Construction Permit paperwork, a permit will be obtained in principle in just 10 days’ time. We have saved several months here too,” the minister said.

Similarly, according to the minister, removing a plot of land from the forestry registry is also based on a preliminary permit now.

“The permit were not eliminated, it’s just that we split them into two: the preliminary ones, which, once obtained, no longer condition the Constructions Permit, and the final ones that follow their course and succeed the Constructions Permit,” Costescu said.

“Now [there is] the stipulated possibility of issuing a Construction Permit on segments too, not for the whole section. If there are certain areas where the permits cannot be obtained very quickly, then we avoid them and we open construction sites where work can be done, so as not to lose time,” Costescu pointed out.

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