Business people, experts and representatives of state authorities agree that, without a developed infrastructure, the society cannot develop either. Large infrastructure projects are important for companies which operate in the sector of transport and logistics. They have a direct impact on the development of the economy, but also on attracting foreign investments.
The Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure says for our portal that, in the past four years, numerous project have been launched and realized in Serbia.
– More than 320 kilometers of highways has been built and the construction of the entire road Corridor 10 to the border with Bulgaria and North Macedonia has been completed and the road has opened for traffic. The Zezelj Bridge in Novi Sad and the 103 kilometers of the Milos Veliki highway have also opened for traffic. Over 500 km of railways has been reconstructed, and the construction of the first high-speed railway in the region, Belgrade-Budapest, has begun as well – the ministry says.
In the past period, among other things, the new toll booth in Vrcin was built, the first phase of the construction of the Belgrade Center railway station in Prokop was completed, the border crossing Batrovci was expanded, the new Ljubovija-Bratunac bridge was built and the first fast chargers for electric cars were installed on Corridor 10. As they say, the first phase of the construction of the Belgrade Center station in Prokop was completed, and there are also investments in the reconstruction of regional railways.
– A new investment cycle has been initiated, with projects in road, water and air transport,worth more than EUR 10 billion. These projects will make Serbia well connected with the region, the European Union and the world. As for road transport, the construction of the first section of the Belgrade-Sarajevo highway has begun, the one from Sremska Raca to the Preljina-Pozega section of the Milos Veliki highway – the ministry says.
The construction of the highway and the high-speed route Ruma-Sabac-Loznica, on which a commercial contract was signed with Azvirt
, and the construction of the Pojate-Preljina highway on the Morava Corridor are planned to start by the end of the current year. Plans for next year include works on the highway between Nis and Merdare, the continuation of the works on the construction of the bypass route around Belgrade, as well as the section between Ostruznica and Bubanj Potok. The preparation of the project documentation for the Sumadija corridor, that is the Vozd Karadjordje highway, is also in planning.
– Equally important is the modernization of the railway, as shown by more then 500 kilometers of reconstructed railways. Serbia is now a part of the global Chinese initiative “One Belt, One Road”, a high-speed railway from Belgrade to Budapest is being built, we are reconstructing the Bar railway with Russian Railways, and there are also preparations for the continuation of the modernization of the railway Corridor 10 – the competent ministry says.
The importance of infrastructure projects was also pointed out by Milorad Kilibarda, a professor at the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering.
– There's no development of logistics, economy or society without infrastructure. The traffic and transport infrastructure connects our market and economy with the European and global transport and logistics networks. Forwarding, transport and logistics companies carry out their activities, the flow of goods and supply chains through logistics and business networks. Investments in infrastructure create conditions for our companies to position themselves better in the market and offer economical and efficient logistics solutions – professor Kilibarda told eKapija.