The Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications has secured additional 2.05 million leva for the airports in Plovdiv and Gorna Oryahovitsa. These funds will be used to pay off the debts which the state has accumulated towards both airports for the funding of activities such as ensuring the safety and security of flights and for the maintenance and development of the airports.
Meanwhile Gorna Oryahovitsa airport is awaiting its new owner. According to experts there is a bonus the concessioner is to receive – an on-ramp from the airport to the future Hemus Highway that is to pass nearby. Only the opinion of the Commission for Protection of Competition is awaited before the new owner takes possession of the airport.
The municipal council of Veliko Tarnovo approved the investment proposal of Ukrainian entrepreneurs for the creation of a Bulgaria in Miniatures Park. The municipality will provide a plot of land for the construction of the park.
Recently a Ukrainian business delegation met with the Mayor of Veliko Tarnovo Daniel Panov and the deputy mayors Snezhana Daneva-Ivanova and Gancho Karabadjakov. The idea for the entertainment complex was presented to them and the local councillors. The investment is expected to be approximately € 2 million.
Bulgaria in Miniatures Park will span over 60,000 sqm of land and will enable tourists to explore iconic historical and architectural masterpieces in the country without actually visiting them. It will be located in the area below the Baldwin Tower at Tsarevets Fortress. The models are to be 80, in 1:35 scale. Some of the miniatures which you will be able to see in the park are the ones of Tsarevets Fortress and the Asenevtsi Monument in Veliko Tarnovo, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the National Assembly Building in Sofia, the Dormition of the Mother of God Cathedral in Varna, the Ancient Theatre in Plovdiv, Baba Vida Fortress, the Bachkovo and Rila Monasteries, the Monument of Freedom at Shipka and others.
More than 4800 residents of the five villages part of Lyaskovets Municipality will soon benefit from some major reconstructions of the water mains passing through Dzhulyunitsa, Dobri Dyal, Kozarevets, Merdanya and Dragizhevo.
The five villages are supplied with water from Yovkovtsi Reservoir. The total length of the pipe network for water distribution amounts to 65,644 meters. The plan is for 23,110 meters of pipes to be replaced. The most of the repair works are to happen in the village of Merdanya – it will see 6.4 km of pipes changed. The village of Kozarevets is to have only 1.3 km from the network reconstructed.
The budget for the project is set at 324,000 leva and the funding is to come through Rural Development 2014–2020 Operational Programme of the EU.
Veliko Tarnovo is the place hosting the largest number of buildings/monuments of cultural heritage significance in the Balkans. The number of these buildings in the old capital is 1580. That was announced yesterday at the National Assembly by Veliko Tarnovo MP Evgeni Stoev during the debates on the adoption of the second reading of amendments to the Law on Cultural Heritage. The Parliament decided to create six regional centres that will have the powers of the National Institute of Immovable Cultural Heritage (NIICH). This will overcome delays as currently NIICH takes too much time to deal with issues or process a request – far beyond the statutory deadline. This caused many problems for citizens and the local authorities even at times when emergency actions had to be undertaken. This is one of the reasons Veliko Tarnovo lost several unique houses-monuments that collapsed waiting for the NIICH decisions. Veliko Tarnovo The new unit will be able to grant permission and to provide certifications for repairs or strengthening of monuments and buildings of cultural heritage significance located locally.
The routes for the two highways that will pass near Veliko Tarnovo are already clear, the local newspaper Borba announced. Officially Hemus Motorway will run north of Polikraishte, about 13-14 km from the old capital. There will also be a large road junction where Hemus intersects the planned highway between Ruse and Veliko Tarnovo. The Ruse – Veliko Tarnovo Highway is to cross the current Sofia – Varna main arterial road near the village of Momin Sbor.
Hemus Motorway is to enter Veliko Tarnovo area near the village of Varbovka (close to Pavlikeni) and will go south to Mihaltsi. It will pass near Lesicheri, Dichin, Vodoley and will reach Polikraishte; it will then continue in the direction of Sushitsa and Gorski Senovets and all the way to Belokopitovo and Shumen.
The Ruse – Veliko Tarnovo Highway is to be constructed at the same time. The selected route will run north of Byala and north of Polski Trambesh near the village of Obedinenie and towards Momin Sbor and Ledenik and then straight to Debelets. Its construction begins next year.
The property market was quick to react to the news. The first deals for plots of land near the planned routes are already underway. A boom in property prices along the highways is also to be expected.
The Post Office in the very centre of Veliko Tarnovo is set to become a luxury 5-star hotel, it was announced by the Chief Architect of the Municipality Nikolay Malakov. The current owners have already announced their intentions and will start working on the project shortly.
The building that used to be owned by the Bulgarian National Telekom/Vivacom until recently housed the Customer Service Centre of the company. It is built over 5 floors in the shape of the Bulgaria letter П, with a courtyard and garages accessible from the south. Its total built-up area is just over 1380 square meters, according to the local newspaper borbabg.com.
The idea of the new owners is for the ground floor facing the street to host many shops. Some of them have already been realized and operate with a separate entrance for each.
The hall with the telephone booths is to be converted into a posh ice cream parlour. The investments only for the ice cream shop is expected to reach about 100,000 leva. The entire building is owned by a developer who bought it from the state in December, 2009 for 1,6 million euro. Until now he rented it out to its previous owner – Vivacom.
Veliko Tarnovo is to receive a new town park – its 15th. The park will be set up at the terrain near the Kachitsa Roundabout (just behind Billa Store). The initial project is now ready.
The project envisages that there will be walkways, green areas with decorative shrubs and trees, pet zone, sports facilities, kids playgrounds and water fountains. There will be skating and bicycle alleys and shaded seating areas. The park will also have a stage where it can host various happenings and performances. The funding is expected to come through the financial mechanisms of the European Union.
The plot of land spans over 18,000 sqm and was owned by the state until last year when the Council of Ministers granted the ownership of the place to the Municipality of Veliko Tarnovo at the request of the Mayor Daniel Panov. All the other parks within the territory of the town were renovated in recent years after the Municipality secured funding from the European Union.