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BELGRADE (Serbia), February 13 (SeeNews) - Serbia's prime minister Ana Brnabic has said the government plans to open for traffic the Obrenovac-Ljig section of pan-European transport Corridor XI in the first half of 2018.
The completion of the Obrenovac-Ljig section, the start of works on the Preljina-Pozega section of the motorway linking Belgrade to Montenegro's Bar port and the completion of negotiations for the launch of the construction of a road between Preljina and Pojate connecting Corridor X to Corridor XI, are among the top priorities of the government, Brnabic said in a video file posted on the website of Serbian news agency Tanjug on Monday.
In August, Serbia's infrastructure ministry said it sent a notice to correct to China's Shandong Hi-Speed Group (SDHS) over delays in the construction of the Obrenovac-Ub section of Corridor XI. The contractor has been assuring the government that the construction works are carried out as scheduled but this is not the case, infrastructure minister Zorana Mihajlovic said after an inspection of the construction site.
Serbia hired SDHS in 2013 to build the Obrenovac-Ub and Lajkovac-Ljig sections of Corridor XI motorway, with a combined length of 50.2 km. The works were financed with the proceeds of a $334 million (270.7 million euro) loan from the Export-Import Bank of China.
Corridor XI is a ferry/motorway corridor linking Italy's Bari to Romania's Bucharest via Montenegro's Bar port and Serbia's Belgrade.
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