June 18, 2018 - The new project of building a ski center in Kolašin will turn this city into a serious winter destination in Europe. It is expected that the Bjelasica project will have 250 km of ski slopes after completion of the project.
President of Montenegro, Milo Đukanović, has high expectation of the project’s results: “As soon as I left the Government, in the budget we provided money to complete all projects in Bjelasica by the end of 2019. That money exists. When this is over, Bjelasica will have 250 kilometers of ski slopes. In comparison with Kopaonik, which has 50 kilometers, Bjelasica will become a serious winter center in Europe. This is being worked on, the path is being pierced, the electricity is flowing, the basic settlement is being made, the cable car is being installed. They are inviting private and foreign investors to build hotels and restaurants and hire people".
In addition to the six-hour cable car, at the location of Kolašin ski resort 1600, the construction of ski tracks, over four kilometers in length, and the artificial rescue system, which is worth about nine million euros, is planned. The total value of the investment for the construction of the ski center is 22 million euros. Construction of the road from the Kolašin 1450 ski resort to Kolašin 1600 is also underway, with a value of 2 million EUR, and the Jezerine transformer station is completed, which will serve to supply both complexes with electricity. The ski resort is expected to be ready for the 2018-2019 winter season.
Prime Minister Duško Marković visited the construction site of the Kolašin 1600 ski resort on June 18, 2018, and on that occasion, he severely warned the contractors and all the entities involved in the process that they must undertake additional activities to compensate for the backlog and implement this important development project. Mr. Marković explained his dissatisfaction to the contractors: “I am not pleased by the way that development projects are being implemented, especially when it comes to deadlines, and somewhat when it comes to quality of works, as well. I will not allow Kolašin, Mojkovac, and Cmiljača to suffer. These are big investments and important projects for Northern Montenegro. We have the money, you have got a job and we provide the funds. You can have the money necessary for the project, but you should get the job done”.
“I expect that 2018 will be the year of new economic ranges and that within the Government's commitment the realization of the project planned by the Capital Budget of the State must be a priority which has no negotiation and calculations. In its program, infrastructure development and realization of capital investments, the Government has set a key commitment, as a prerequisite for new jobs and a better life for every family and every individual, in order to achieve economic growth and to achieve development tasks, everyone has to do their part of the job," Marković added.
Markovic also said that the Government pays special attention to all projects which are of national importance, and that next year will mark the direct and uncompromising supervision of contractors - both in terms of quality and deadlines.