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Locals threaten to block construction of SHPP

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September 17, 2015

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A group of citizens from the communities of Jeleč and Miljevina in Foča municipality in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s southeast demanded from the responsible inspection body to halt construction of small hydropower plant (SHPP) Govza 1, Nezavisne novine’s portal said.

Local population may organize protests and block works because they endanger their safety, the group said. They demanded from the authorities to make the investor, Elektros d. o. o., and contractor, Radis d. o. o., respect conditions noted in permits and the project’s provisions. The citizens noted there is everyday use of explosives. They added they suspect safety measures were avoided and that the structures have no support in walls and piles, which were planned in the project.

Locals said the pipeline isn’t being covered with earth and that the building of the 5 MW power plant is bigger than predicted. Local councils will organize gatherings in order to discuss developments concerning construction of SHPPs Govza 1 and Govza 2, and the projects’ impact on roads, environment and Govza river (pictured). The construction started on July 30 last year, and in the meantime the investor has breached deadlines for the BAM 15 million (EUR 7.67 million) worth SHPP Govza 1.

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