The construction of the railway corridor 8, a section from Kumanovo to Beljakovce is to begin on February or March 2013, Minister of Transport and Communications Mile Janakieski said at Sunday’s press conference.
The talks with European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) are underway from which funds at amount of EUR 46.4 million are to be provided this year and the construction of section from Kumanovo to Beljakovce is to begin during 2013 and to be completed in 2017, Janakieski said.
He added that grant has been approved from Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF) instrument for selection of consultants, which will monitor Kumanovo – Beljakovce section at amount of EUR 2.5 million.
Public Enterprise Macedonian Railways Infrastructure on March 29, 2012 signed agreement with Austria’s consulting company ILF which is to prepare the project and tender documentation for selection of construction company. In September the public call will be announced for engagement of construction company and on February or March next year the construction works from Kumanovo to Beljakovce section will begin, he added.
European bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and European Investment Bank (EIB) pointed out the necessity of breaking the contracts that Public Enterprise Macedonian Railways Infrastructure had signed with construction companies as pre-condition for future credit loans, Janakieski said.
That’s why government at its last session proposed law on cease of valid of law on providing fund for financing programme for construction of railway track approved in 1994.
In regard to Beljakovce – Kriva Palanka section, Janakieski said that European Investment Bank informed them in a letter that they will enter the investment of the project for which EUR 145 million are needed for the construction works.
Related to Kriva Palanka – Deve Bair section, Janakieski said that it is most difficult and most expensive section. Ministry of Transport and Communications has submitted request to IPA for providing funds at amount of EUR 2 million for preparation of basic projects.
This section is estimated to cost EUR 332 million, funds which would be provided by IPA, EBRD and EIB, Janakieski said adding that the construction of the section is planned to begin in 2017 and to end in 5-year deadline.