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The building permit for the second track has been issued

The building permit for the second track has been issued
 
“In December 2015, the Ministry of Infrastructure filed an application for a building permit with the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, which issued the relevant permit in three months, i.e. on 31 March this year. The permit is valid for three years, with the possibility of two one-year consecutive extensions, which amounts to five years,” explained Minister Peter Gašperšič today in his press release.
 
“The recent activities relating to the second track, the establishment of a special project company for the second track and today’s acquisition of the building permit indicate the serious commitment of the Government to the second track project, ” said the Minister. At the start of its term, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia made the construction of the second track one of its priority and strategic projects.
 
The Ministry of Infrastructure in cooperation with the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology began evaluating models within the inter-ministerial working group for the implementation of the investment, and it also accelerated other activities necessary for the execution of this project, which included the acquisition of consents and land purchase for the issue of a building permit. The Minister added that, “At the beginning of the Government’s term in September 2014, 80 per cent of all land plots were obtained. Some 97 per cent of the land was acquired by September 2015, and all the land plots necessary for the construction of the second track were obtained by December 2015.” On that note, he thanked all colleagues at the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, the Slovenian Environment Agency, the Slovenian Infrastructure Agency and the DRI company for their serious, responsible and swift work.
 
The Minister expects that the first preparatory construction works on the route (access roads, preparation of landfills, relocation of municipal lines etc.) will begin already this year, thus activating the building permit. He believes that 2017 will be the most intensive year, which will enable more detailed information about the commencement of the construction of the second track. According to the Minister, the construction of the track could begin within two years.
 
The second track will also be discussed at a consultation session in Brdo pri Kranju on Saturday, where key stakeholders of the project led by Prime Minister Miro Cerar will meet.