17 August 2019 - The Government of Montenegro will invest about 100 million EUR in the construction of new ski resorts, including the complete road, electricity and, utility infrastructure, by 2022, said the director of Public Works Directorate Resad Nuhodžić in an interview for Radio Montenegro.
The Public Works Administration, according to Nuhodžić, currently has over one hundred projects that include a large number of subprojects that are in the different stages of realization, mostly in northern Montenegro.
"Such a large number of projects is a direct indicator of a strategic commitment of the Government of Montenegro to invest in infrastructure development of the northern region and thus to affect the even development of the state. It is the Government’s goal to provide a higher standard of living to the inhabitants of the northern region,” says Nuhodžić.
In recent years, the Government of Montenegro has worked intensively to create conditions for the full valorisation of the tourism potential of northern municipalities, and to this end, new ski centres have been recognized as a great opportunity not only for tourism development, but also for improving the living conditions of the population and job creation.
Nuhodžić highlighted that the new Kolašin 1600 ski resort was opened in the middle of February this year, and the Government allocated 17 million EUR for that project. Another ski lift is planned at this location, which will connect the Kolašin 1600 and Kolašin 1450 ski resorts. Also, as the representatives of the Government informed the public several times in the past, the construction of three new ski centres has been initiated.
The construction of a traffic infrastructure worth close to two million euros is underway near Hajla Mountain in Rožaje. Upon completion of this work, conditions will be created for the construction of a cable car with supporting facilities worth more than nine million euros.
“Bjelo Polje’s Cmiljača will be the real winter jewel of Montenegro in a year. The site is currently under construction, which includes ten kilometres of long-term transport infrastructure, as well as electricity networks, as a precondition for the construction of ski slopes and cable cars, which have already been contracted, for a total value of about 11 million EUR,” said Nuhodžić.
Also, preparations are underway for the construction of a ski centre on the Žarski site in Mojkovac municipality. The Public Works Administration has already contracted the development of technical documentation and the construction of a cable car and ski slopes, and the Government will allocate close to 30 million EUR for the entire project.
He added that, unfortunately, some projects included irresponsible contractors, who did not comply with the contractual obligations. "I will recall that for these reasons we have recently terminated three contracts, and I would like to take this opportunity to once again publicly announce that the Administration Public Works Office and the Government of Montenegro will not tolerate if the irresponsibility of individual companies questions the implementation of capital projects. Therefore, I can judge the dynamics of the works as satisfactory, but it can certainly be better,” Nuhodžić said.
Read more about the capital projects of the Government of Montenegro at TMN's dedicated page.