Geotehnika Montenegro of Nikšić will be carrying out major works until November next year to mitigate the landslide around Kanli Kula, which, once implemented, will stop further shifting of the land and “cracking” of the fortress. The estimated value of the project, financed by the Public Works Administration of Montenegro, had been 300k euros; however, an offer from Geotehnika was accepted at 219,615 euros including VAT. Experts from Geotehnika have already been working for a month on the complex project.
The audit of the main project is being carried out by Civil Engineer, Podgorica. The Public Works Administration had earmarked 50k euros for this; however the company has cost 27,600 euros for the completion of the work.
The damage to Kanli Kula has become all the more visible in recent years, with cracks and crevices in the walls widening, and sagging increase. Experts have confirmed that this is the consequence of a significant landslide from the main road to the Old Town and The Church of the Archangel, noting that it is now precarious.
Kanli Kula Damage - photo Radio Jadran
The repairs to Kanli Kula, an old Turkish fortress from the 16th century - once a prison, but in 1966 rebuilt as one of the best summer stages on the Adriatic - will be carried out in two parts. The first is to carry out minor works that will precede major landslide mitigation. Only then will the second-stage reconstruction of the fortress take place, Prof. Dušan Lučić of the Montenegrin Institute of Civil Engineering, stated to Radio Jadran. Prof. Lučić was a member of the team involved in the exploratory work carried out at the beginning of April 2017.
The project works will take one year, given the need to use the entire 11- month hydrological cycle to monitor how the soil “reacts” in all atmospheric conditions.
During a visit to Herceg Novi this summer, the Ambassador of Turkey to Montenegro, Songul Ozan, stated that the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Montenegro was interested in cooperating with the city and government to find a model that would assist the renovation of Kanli Kula and remedy the landslides that threaten the fortress. Together with her Deputy Bled Kačar and Trade Relations Advisor Derij Koč, the Ambassador urged the Municipality’s leadership to consider applying for the project with the Turkish Agency for International Cooperation and Coordination.
For the repairs and adaptation to Kanli Kula, JUK Herceg Fest, which manages the fortress, will be working jointly with the Ministry of Culture under a mandatory conservation project, stated the Institution’s Director Gordana Porobić Krcunović.
Although architecturally in a deplorable state, the fortress has been able to “withstand” all cultural and entertainment programmes that have been minimised in technical and technological terms. This summer, a high-tech visitors centre was opened at the fortress, with funding provided by the Interreg IPA Cross-Border Cooperation Programme for Croatia-Bosnia Herzegovina-Montenegro 2014-2020, through the Fortress ReInvented project. With augmented reality glasses and 3D animation, users were able to step back into the Middle Ages and see what this centuries-old fortress and the city of Herceg Novi looked like throughout history.
Source: Radio Jadran
November 20, 2019 - After the first public electric car charger, Podgorica is now about to get the first electric taxi service. Six Tesla vehicles (Model S) are already in capital, and the luxurious taxi service is expected to start in the forthcoming weeks. According to the Tesla project coordinator, Mr Milan Prodanović, plans are afoot to extend the fleet of Tesla vehicles.
As Mr Prodanović said, ordering taxi rides will be managed through their “TeslagoApp”.
“Given the fact that this is the state-of-the-art application of its kind (like Uber and Yandex), enabling high-quality, more transparent and more efficient service, we firmly believe people will acknowledge the benefits and gradually start using the application, following the trend in the world”, explained Mr Prodanović.
Mr Prodanović said that these were very expensive cars and pointed out they had tried to adapt the price to average and make it just slightly higher than it s in other companies.
“In accordance with the new Decision on Taxi Services, minimum prices won’t be in force anymore, and every company will be required to set prices at €0,50. We don’t want to elaborate on that right now, we’ll rather inform clients on the commencement of service provision”, said Mr Prodanović.
He pointed out that Podgorica was the first town in the region to provide Tesla car taxi service.
“Citizens’ awareness is changing and car producers are becoming aware that they should focus on the electric cars sale, as they bring numerous advantages (instant acceleration, no gear shifting, more comfortable driving etc.)”, said Mr Prodanović.
He says that there’s a shortage of electric car chargers in Podgorica, which is the reason why the project of the installation of electric chargers was started six months ago.
“Currently, we own the only fast charger but, with time, that will change”, said Mr Prodanović.
Text by CDM on November 20, 2019, read more here.
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The National Tourism Organization (NTO) presented Montenegro's tourism offer at the specialized IBTM congress industry fair in Barcelona, with an emphasis on congress tourism, which is important for extending the season.
The NTO said it is one of Europe's most important trade shows for the congress industry, business and motivational travel, bringing together 2.6 thousand exhibitors from 77 countries and over 2.7 thousand professionals in the field.
During the first day of the fair, representatives of the NTO presented Montenegro's offer for congress tourism.
"During the meetings with event organizers from the markets of Spain, Belgium, Germany, Russia, Poland, Great Britain, France, they informed them about the improved hotel capacities, better airline connectivity and the possibilities for organizing events offered by our country," the statement said.
The NTO said that Montenegro is a growing destination on the list of the most popular destinations for business tourism.
"From year to year, the demand is increasing, in accordance with numerous advantages, in the first place the opening of new four and five star hotels that have the necessary facilities and state-of-the-art equipment, Mediterranean climate, unusual nature, the possibilities for organizing unforgettable excursions, and the fact that it is located at about two hours' flight distance from most European centers," the statement added.
For Montenegro, the development of this type of tourism is especially important from the aspect of extending the season and creating a year-round tourist destination and generating higher revenues from tourism, given the fact that business trips are realized during the period outside the main tourist season, and that a tourist on a business trip consumes significantly more than the average tourist.
The NTO booth is represented by the Tourism Organization Budva, Montenegro Stars Hotel Group, Regent Porto Montenegro Hotels, The Chedi-Lustica Bay, MTS Montenegro Travel Agencies, Explorer, Intours DMC, Montenegro In Style and East West Voyage.
The IBTM Specialized Congress Industry Fair lasts till Thursday.
Text by MINA, on November 20th, 2019, read more at Boka News
Beach “Galija”, located on St. Stefan in Budva and considered to be one of the most exclusive on the Montenegrin coast, has been hit for the second time in the last half-year by a severe weather storm, which has caused enormous damage.
Damages is over € 100,000
“Galija's” executive director, Nikola Novakovic, said the damage was estimated at more than 100,000 euros. He added that many owners of beaches on the Montenegrin coast are in a similar situation.
"Most importantly, no one was hurt. We tried to save some of the inventory, but unfortunately, we failed. The damage is huge," Novakovic said.
Devastated Beach bar
As he points out, this is the second time in the last six months that such an accident has hit them, and the fifth one in the last few years.
"The enormous amount of hard work and effort, as well as the huge financial resources that have been invested in making the beach one of the most elite, both in Budva and on the entire Montenegrin coast, has been destroyed. I hope that the Municipality of Budva and JP Morsko dobro will support us and that there is an emergency fund for situations, such as this one," Novakovic points out.
New toilets destroyed
He adds that the damage will be repaired and that next season, their guests will be greeted as they are used to and how they deserve.
"It will take a long time for the damage caused to be adequately repaired and the beach returned to its original condition. We were unable to secure the inventory, because the insurance companies do not insure the facilities near the sea, and I hope that the state will support not only me but everyone who is affected by this storm, "he concludes.
Although the most popular beach in Budva is almost destroyed, Novakovic assures all fans of Galija who express their concern these days that they will do their best to enable them to enjoy this ambience next season with the same quality as before.
"Galija" destroyed for the second time in the last half-year
Text by Promo, on November 20th, 2019, read more at Vijesti
In order to provide better service to citizens, “Parking Service Herceg Novi” has introduced the android application “EasyPark” which shows the locations where users of our services can park.
“EasyPark” is the European leader in the parking payment category with the “Find & Park” concept. In 2018, this app was used in 13 states, 1,200 cities in 20,000 locations. With “EasyPark”, you can pay for parking throughout Europe.
After installing the application at any location in the World, by selecting Montenegro, the user can see Herceg Novi with a map of parking places, as well as the price and time of operation.
After simple registration - the user enters the mobile number and opens a simple guide with suggestions on the main functionalities and benefits for the user. By positioning the indicator at the desired location on the map or automatic location pointer at the parking location, the application opens essential city information - the parking zone and allows you to pay for parking in the same. Payment is possible with a credit card, which will make it easier to use, especially for foreigners.
From today also in Herceg Novi, the world's best parking app, “EasyPark”. The future of parking - lighter and nicer.
Text by Boka News, on November 18th, 2019, read more at Boka News
The 55th anniversary of the Tivat Music School will be marked by a series of programs throughout the 2019/20 academic year.
The main celebration of this anniversary is a festive concert which will be held on Friday, November 22 at 8 pm in the school's concert hall. The concert, called "Music for the Birthday," was included in the November Days event, which commemorates November 21 - Tivat Municipality Day.
The concert, as announced yesterday by the director of the Tivat Music School, Professor Pina Bubanja, will be attended by representatives of the Municipality, Adriatic Marinas and Lustica Development, directors of public companies of the city, directors of music schools, students of the first generation of Tivat Music School from the 1964/65 school year and others.
Text by S.L. on November 19th 2019, read more at Boka News
November 19, 2019 - Minister of Economy, Ms Dragica Sekulić, and minister of Energy and Water Management of Malta, Mr Joe Mizzi, put Mozura wind farm into operation. The wind farm’s capacity is46 MW and is worth €90 million. Ministers agreed that this act was a confirmation of stable cooperation between the two countries.
“The fact that mostly state-owned energy company, from the EU member state, has recognized the potential of this project is the best confirmation that we created a favorable environment. When prudent investors come to Montenegro, we don’t need another promotion”, said Ms Sekulić.
Her Maltese counterpart said that his Government “recognized energy sector as of key pillars of the economy”.
“Construction of this mega-project took three years. The project encompasses 8,5 km of newly-built roads. Challenges were numerous but we managed to overcome them all. This project brought our countries closer to one another”, said Mr Mizzi.
Both ministers pointed out the importance of the fact that this energy is green.
Montenegro’s minister said that Mozura confirmed that further development in green energy was possible and, in fact, more favorable.
“Mozura gives us cause for optimism. It is particularly important for Montenegro’s energy sector and economy in general that this project was completed shortly after its construction stagnated for several years thanks to Enemalte involvement”, said Ms Sekulić.
Ms Sekulić wished investors successful work and good wind.
Mozura wind farm is a production facility with 46 MW of production power capacity. It consists of 23 individual windmills (2 MW of power).
The investment was implemented by Enemalta, Maltese state company and Malta Montenegro wind Park company, headquartered in Malta.
The second-largest wind farm in Montenegro will produce 120 GWH of energy annually.
By virtue of the amendments to the regulation on ways of promoting renewable energy resources, the functioning of Mozura won’t affect electricity bills in Montenegro.
Text by CDM on November 18, 2019, read more here.
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