Bulgarian Villagers Block Highway Construction

Society | April 5, 2011, Tuesday // 12:45
Bulgaria: Bulgarian Villagers Block Highway Construction The construction site of the Lyulin Highway, set to join capital Sofia with the Е-79 international road to Greece. Photo by BGNES

Frustrated residents of the Pernik village of Golyamo Buchino blocked Tuesday the ongoing construction of the Lyulin Highway protesting interference with their daily lives.

The villagers requested that the Mapa Cengiz company constructing Lyulin immediately fulfil its oblgations in restoring the road infrastructure of their village and reimburse owners for their expropriated estates.

10 km of roads in Golyamo Buchino, as well as road drains, are claimed to have been destroyed for the construction of the highway.

40 owners of properties in the area are claiming damages. The city of Pernik is also claiming BGN 0.8 M from the company.

The protest, which blocked all access to the main construction site, was attended by Pernik mayor Rositsa Yanakieva and Pernik town council president Dobri Mitrev.

They recalled that Lyulin Highway is scheduled to be finished within a month and claimed there are no indications that Turkish company Mapa Cengiz will move to fulfil its obligations to the local residents.

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