The construction of the wastewater treatment plant in Strumica is behind schedule

Zoran Zaev. Photo: Plusinfo


Project: Construction of wastewater treatment plant in Municipality of Strumica. Deadline: 2013 – 2015.



The promise for construction of wastewater treatment plant in the Municipality of Strumica is partially fulfilled promise made by the recent mayor of Strumica, Zoran Zaev, who stepped down from this function at the end of December 2016, soon after he became an MP in RM’s Parliament. This project is part of his election program, “Strumica Knows…” for the local elections 2013 – 2017.

Our highest objective is creation of conditions for the citizens of Strumica to live well, in a healthy environment in which economic development of highest ecological balance is continuously generated. In order to meet this objective, the wastewater treatment plant construction project as well as the stage of selecting and procuring adequate wastewater treatment technology will end in the period 2013 – 2015, is said in the project announcement, among other.

Zaev gave his wastewater treatment plant promise during his election campaign, when he announced other projects he is going to focus on if he becomes the mayor.

I plan restoration and conservation of Tsar’s Towers, finalization of the construction of the Cathedral church “Dormition of the Mother of God”, underground thoroughfare, kindergartens in three villages, new multifunctional marketplace, sewerages in eight villages, construction of wastewater treatment plant and new fire station, Zaev promises.

On 5 July 2015, Republika published that a day earlier, on 4 July 2015, a group of citizens of Strumica reacted on Zaev’s wastewater treatment plant promise by saying that it was made just for the election campaign’s purposes.

Yesterday, a group of citizens from Strumica and its surroundings gathered in front of the object that is supposed to be a wastewater treatment plant. They came across an empty hole between brick walls, and this is one more proof that Zaev’s promises serve only for election campaign’s purposes. The citizens ask Zaev where are the 9.800.000 euro for the wastewater treatment plant, Republika wrote.

On 24 December 2015, according to some media, the Minister of environment and physical planning Nurhan Izairi and Zaev signed the contract for construction of a wastewater treatment plant in Strumica.

The construction of the wastewater treatment plant will begin in January 2016, after the conclusion of the construction contract with the selected bidder. The entire process will last for 18 months and will end by July 2017, followed by a one-year warranty period, Build wrote.

On 25 October 2016, Plusinfo informed that the Municipality of Strumica has started implementing the project Construction of wastewater treatment plant in the Municipality of Strumica, for which Zaev (then still a mayor) issued and signed the approval for construction.

We financed the environment study project and the feasibility study project from our own budget funds. Two days ago, as a result of this effort, I had the pleasure to issue and sign the Approval for construction of the Wastewater treatment plant in the Municipality of Strumica, funded solely by grant awarded by the EU. According to the strict IPA procedures, the Wastewater treatment plant in Strumica ought to be completed by 21 October 2017, Zaev said.

On 26 October 2016, the media published that the construction of the wastewater treatment plant has begun.

The German company Wete E and the Macedonian Vardar Gradba have started the construction of the wastewater treatment plant in Strumica, where wastewaters and sewage waters, that were drainingin the Strumica river which then discharges into the Aegean Sea, will be treated.

Taking into account that the construction of the wastewater treatment plant has already begun, but is one year behind schedule, as well as the fact that Zaev announced the completion of the object for 21 October 2017, we can conclude that this election promise of his is partially fulfilled.




Assessed by: Ana Anastasovska

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