In many cases, road construction in Kosovo is a process that lasts for years and in the end does not approximate the initial project.
This finding results in a report of the National Audit Office, an office that has audited 11 road projects in Prishtina, Prizren, Ferizaj and Malisheva.
Although it was foreseen that the road Llapqevë – Mirusha Waterfalls in Malisheva, to be completed within 120 days, it turns out that it was not completed even after 1,339 days.
“Regarding the construction of the road Llapqevë – Mirusha Waterfalls, with a length of 3.1 kilometers and a width of 6 meters, the road was not completed yet, until June 2021, when this audit was conducted, although 42 months had passed since the signing of the contract, while it was foreseen to last 120 working days “, it is said in the report published on August 30.
Another road, in this case supported by the Ministry of Infrastructure, which planned to connect the villages of the Municipality of Skenderaj with those of Istog, known as the road Vojnik – Osojan, although started in 2016, has not yet been completed.
This road, 3.6 kilometers long and 6 meters wide, was initially planned to be completed in 155 days.
In this segment of the road, the works had continued until June 2017, when they were stopped indefinitely.
“The reason for this road to be realized only partially were the property problems as this road was a completely new road and it was foreseen that the whole route would pass through private properties, which were not expropriated before the signing of the contract”, the report says.
For 90 days of effective work, it was planned to complete the works on the regional road Rahovec – Suhareka with a length of 12.35 kilometers and a width of 6.8 meters, but they were not completed even after two years.
According to the Auditor’s findings, from the first day of the beginning of the works for the rehabilitation of this road, more than 1,000 calendar days or 33 months had passed and the works had not been completed yet.
The report also mentions some projects that have been delayed and the construction of which has been suspended indefinitely.
Based on the findings of this audit, it results that the construction of local and regional roads is followed by many difficulties, starting from the lack of cost-benefit analysis, inadequate planning of activities, insufficient budgeting, problems with expropriation and problems with the design of major projects as well as uncertainty regarding the reference to road construction standards.
For this reason, the construction of roads has been characterized by delays of up to three years, and some had remained unfinished even five years after their start.
Few fines for companies that violate contracts
Qendrim Arifi, senior researcher at the INPO organization, which monitors the field of public procurement, says that it is difficult to find an infrastructure project in Kosovo which has been carried out according to criteria and in an optimal time frame.
He says that the institutions, both local and central, fail from the very beginning of the tenders and the definition of the criteria.
“Dismissals do not always happen due to ignorance about a certain job or a certain project. “The omissions have their origins in the beginning of the procedure”, says Arifi for Radio Free Europe.
Airifi says that there is a great lack of qualified staff who are responsible persons in the municipalities to decide who is the winner of the contracts and who have the responsibility to monitor the implementation of projects.
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