Bosnia: Pollution or big benefit, construction of the 7th unit of TPP “Tuzla” caused negative reactions from local communities and NGOs

29. August 2013. / SEE Energy News

Group of citizens from Sicki Brod and Bukinje municipalities launches a fight with Bosnia energy utility company “Elektroprivreda BiH” because of several decades’ pollution of the environment caused by TPP “Tuzla” and it doesn’t exclude a possibility of collective lawsuit against this company.

Citizens from these two local communities ask one part of benefits during electricity and heating payments in their requests, they ask for solved capital projects, roads, drainage, good electricity supply, culture, fun and sport life on satisfying level, home they deserve, respect to the contract for friendly surrounding signed between “Elektroprivreda BiH” and Tuzla Municipality.

It is stated from communication sector of “Elektroprivreda Srbije” that this company realized 5 of 7 projects in total it had obligated to realize by signing a friendly contract with Tuzla Municipality and it has done all obligations after delivered documentation for taking assets away from project realization account. Total amount of this contract was 3,6 million BM and value of realized projects so far is 3,3 million BM.

Realized projects are construction of primary hot water network in MZ Buktinja area, in region of MZ Sicki Brod and Kreka, municipalities Miladije, supply and installation of heating subsidiaries in MZ Sicki Brod and Buktinje and construction of drainage network in Divkovici Municipality.

It is stated from EPBiH’s answer that construction of new objects is important benefit for local community, that “Elektroprivreda BiH” is socially responsible company, that it invests in assets for life improvement, that it achieves its obligations and it contributes to economy development.

-Big investment and development potential puts responsibility of EPBiH to enable usability for complete society by launching big investment projects that are generators for increase of domestic industry and opening of new work places. So EPBiH stresses in its business policy and plans contribution to economy improvement, sustainable development and improvement of complete society- it is said from EPBiH.

Citizens that launched initiation for fight against “Elektroprivreda BiH” said that they want Study of Block 7 Construction to be explained.

-Block 7 will be constructed when citizens agree with it, when “Elektroprivreda” show one sign of a good will before the construction. They need to go in front  of citizens to explain us Study of Environmental Influence of Construction- Senal Ajsic, one of initiation leaders said.

PC “Elektroprivreda BiH” paid amount of 12.506.984,22 BM in TK budget on the base of Canton Court Tuzla verdict air pollution from 2002 to 2006.

Source; Serbia Energy See desk/Tuzla NGO forum

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