Home Page
13 Mar 12

Turks to Build Underground Boulevard in Skopje

Turkey's Limak group is to start building a kilometre-long underground street in Macedonia's capital, aimed at easing traffic.

Sinisa Jakov Marusic Skopje

Skopje Mayor Koce Trajanovski [left] and Limak's Haldun Kokturk [right] | Photo by: skopje.gov.mk

The Mayor of Skopje, Koce Trajanovski, and Limak’s head of development, Haldun Kokturk, signed the deal on Monday.

Under the terms of the deal, the company will build the underground street and hand it over to the city for free. In return Limak will be able to build a large commercial and residential complex on land above the street.

Limak bought the site of 32,000 square metres in February for 3.3 million euros. Under the deal, the company has six years to complete the entire project, but it must first build the tunnel before it can start construction above ground.

Estimates are that the underground road will cost tens of million of euros. “The project is still in the development stage and we do not know exactly how much it will cost," Haldun Kokturk said.

Mayor Trajanovski said the underground street will “mark the beginning of construction of Skopje’s southern boulevard,” a 15km-long urban highway planned since the 1970s.
 
The underground street is one of two that the city plans to build in coming years to ease heavy traffic jams in the centre.

The authorities hope to start constructing the other tunnel, which is similar in length to the first one, by the end of this year.

This project, whose estimated cost is 30 million euros, will be funded from the state budget.

Limak is one of Turkey’s biggest companies. Its other projects in the region include the reconstruction of the airport in Pristina in Kosovo.

Turkish companies have gained a significant foothold in Macedonia in recent years.
 
Turkey's TAV last year reconstructed and now operates Skopje airport while Cevahir this year plans to start construction of four residential buildings and a shopping mall in Skopje. Koc, also from Turkey, operates one of Skopje’s biggest shopping malls.

Talk about it!

blog comments powered by Disqus

News

albania-to-face-turkish-request-to-extradite-gulen-supporter-10-13-2017
13 Oct 17

Turkey Presses Albania To Extradite Key 'Gulenist' Suspect

Albania is under pressure to deport a 39-year-old detained in Durres, who Turkish media link with a Twitter account that infuriated Ankara with its leaks of state secrets.

high-security-measures-follows-erdogan-s-visit-to-serbia-10-09-2017
10 Oct 17

Tight Security Surrounds Turkey's Erdogan in Serbia

Serbian and Turkish police are pulling out all the stops for the high-profile visit to Serbia of Turkey's head of state.

trade-takes-centre-stage-in-erdogan-s-serbia-visit-10-09-2017
09 Oct 17

Trade Takes Centre Stage in Erdogan’s Serbia Visit

Economic ties, tourism and major infrastructure projects will be in focus during this week’s visit to Serbia of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

macedonian-fined-for-offending-erdogan-on-facebook-08-25-2017
25 Aug 17

Macedonian Fined for Offending Erdogan on Facebook

In an unusual and potentially disturbing verdict, a court in Skopje has fined a Macedonian citizen for offending Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Facebook.

frozen-turkish-funding-leaves-bulgarian-imams-without-pay-08-10-2017
11 Aug 17

Frozen Turkish Funding Leaves Bulgarian Imams Without Pay

Bulgaria’s around 600 imams have been left without money for salaries since the country allegedly cancelled a funding agreement for Islamic education with Turkey, Bulgarian Grand Mufti’s Office says.

turkish-president-erdogan-to-visit-serbia-08-08-2017
09 Aug 17

Turkish President Erdogan to Visit Serbia

Gas pipeline and infrastructure projects could be discussed when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visits Serbia in September - but also issues that could be more difficult for Belgrade.

balkan-states-need-more-resources-to-fight-terror-report-warns-07-20-2017
20 Jul 17

US Report: Balkans Need Resources to Fight Terror

US State Department report say that while most Balkan states cooperate well with international partners to improve counterterrorism policies, they still have problems in terms of cooperation between institutions and in terms of limited resources. 

turkey-stays-top-of-albanian-holiday-destination-list-07-02-2017
03 Jul 17

Turkey Stays Top of Albanian Holiday Destination List

Albanians are continuing with their decade-long habit of holidaying in Turkey, though the Greek islands have started to become popular as well.

bulgaria-s-borissov-vows-to-normalise-the-eu-turkey-relations-06-13-2017
13 Jun 17

Bulgaria PM Vows to ‘Normalise’ EU-Turkey Relations

On a visit to Ankara, Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borissov pledged to normalise the troubled relations between the EU and Turkey during the country’s EU presidency in 2018.

world-and-balkans-brace-for-erdogan-s-us-visit-05-16-2017
16 May 17

World Braces for Erdogan's US Visit

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s USA visit is expected to determine Turkish relations with key global and regional powers.