PM Tariceanu: Works at Glina water treatment plant behind schedule

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Works at the Glina water treatment plant (south) are 6 months behind schedule, as the contractual completion deadline is set for the end of 2010, said Premier Calin Popescu Tariceanu while on a visit to the site on Sept. 5.
Tariceanu said that Greek contractor Aktor of Athens assured him that efforts are made to overcome the delay.
“I was mainly interested in the elements related to the technological part, the completion deadlines, the execution milestones, the difficulties faced by the beneficiary and the contractor.
 
Works are behind schedule by a considerable 6-month delay. Efforts are being made to remedy this shortcoming and I want to hope that this will really happen, because the commissioning deadline is the end of 2010,” said the Premier.
He added that he asked the Ministry of Economy and Finance unit in charge of implementing the ISPA program, under which the works are being financed, to find solutions to remedy delays in payments highlighted by the contractor.
 
The Premier also voiced dissatisfaction with the contract for the construction of the first component of the Glina water treatment plant being having been signed as late as in 2006, blaming the former Bucharest mayors for this delay.
The Premier also underscored the importance of the due execution of works on site, worth a total of 108 million euro.
 
“It evidently benefits Romania and Bucharest that the plant be commissioned as soon as possible, because not far from this construction site you can see a genuine ecological disaster produced by the discharge of Bucharest waste waters in the Dambovita river. All downstream localities are affected and the disaster spreads further to the Arges Valley; the adverse effects dilute only upon the emptying into the Danube, due to the high water flows,” said the head of the government.
 
Works at the Glina treatment plant designed for Bucharest wastewater started during the communist era, but were abandoned after 1990. The project was resumed after 2003, with funding from the European Union with ISPA, EIB and EBRD financing, but a new feasibility study was necessary. Some of the facilities built before 1989 had to be pulled down, others had to be brought in line with current quality standards or to the technical parameters required to render them compatible with the new project.
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