Commencement of construction works on regulation of Podstranac watercourse

Oct 25, 2017

© City of Banja Luka

Today, as part of the UNDP project "Technology Transfer for Climate Resilient Flood Management in the Vrbas River Basin", funded by the Global Environmental Fund (GEF), the beginning of works on the regulation of the flash watercourses of Podstranac and Jularac started, which flow through four Banja Luka settlements Paprikovac, Nova Varoš, Rosulje and Starčevica.

Beginning of the works on regulation of the watercourse Podstranac was announced by Srebrenka Golić, RS Minister of Spatial Planning, Civil Engineering and Ecology, Igor Radojičić, Banja Luka Mayor and Raduška Cupać, UNDP Project Manager.

Minister Golić stressed out that the rehabilitation of the water course of Podstranac will cover three local communities, Parikovac, Rosulje and Nova Varoš, where more than 25,000 residents live and 35 to 40 business entities operates, which will all have direct benefit.

"The objective of the works is improved and controlled flow, which will reduce the damaging effects of the water in the events of intense rainfalls," said Minister Golić.

UNDP and the City of Banja Luka allocated funds in the amount of 380,000 KM for regulation works, of which 150,000 KM will be co-financed by Banja Luka City.

Mayor of Banja Luka Igor Radojicic said on this occasion, "I would like to thank UNDP for financing and preparation of the project documentation for the "Main Project Design of Water Regulation Regime of Vrbas River Basin through the City of Banja Luka". Besides that, UNDP was involved in rehabilitation of destroyed houses, traffic infrastructure and the elimination of other consequences of the floods ".

The aim of the preparation of project documentation is to completely regulate the water regime of the Vrbas river basin through the urban area in order to protect against the harmful effects of water and to create the basis for the further planned urbanization of the Banja Luka’s settlements. UNDP will allocate 500,000 KM for this purpose.

UNDP Project Manager Raduška Cupać expressed pleasure that UNDP, along with the city of Banja Luka, starts the rehabilitation of two watercourses, supported by the Ministry of Spatial Planning, Construction and Ecology of Republika Srpska. Cupać further stated that the reconstruction of these flood water streams includes profiling, cleaning of the debris and stone lining, to provide controlled and improved flow and increase the capacity of the reservoir to reduce the damaging effects of these watercourses in the city itself.
Completion of works on these two watercourses is expected in late November.

The project "Technology Transfer for Climate Resilient Flood Management in the Vrbas River Basin" aims to provide support to authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina at all levels to adapt to flood risks through the implementation of new technologies that will enable economic activities more resistant to climate change. The project is implemented by UNDP and funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the RS Ministry of Spatial Planning, Civil Engineering and Ecology, entity ministries responsible for water management and civil protection, and 14 municipalities in the Vrbas river basin.

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