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.
Veliko Tarnovo has become one of the few towns in the country, which had the opportunity to test the two most advanced technologies in the field of electric public transport at the moment.
An electric bus running on batteries was already tried for some time along the street of the old capital during the summer in. Today another leading technology for eco-friendly public transport was presented in Veliko Tarnovo capacity for this eco-friendly urban transport.
The electric bus which was introduced today is manufactured by the Israeli company Chariot Motors. It is propelled by ultracapacitors technology. It needs two 150 kilowatts charging station on the first and last stop to function and it takes about 5-6 minutes to fully charge, a time which coincides with the rest of the drivers. The cost per km is only 15 stotinki. The capacity of the eco-friendly vehicle is for 29 sitting and 61 standing passengers. With this this kind of the transport air pollution is reduced to very large extend.
After the trial period ends Veliko Tarnovo administration will have to choose the technology that most suits the needs of the town and the municipality villages; it will then apply for funding under the EU transport programmes.
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Veliko Tarnovo hopes to receive euro funding of 4 million levs for the realization of the aerial lift project that is to connect Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi. The cable car idea has been around for the last 10 years but was never implemented because of lack of money.
In the new programme period Veliko Tarnovo administration will apply for funding under operational programs, which now allow for funding for this kind of attractions.
An electric bus will start running in Veliko Tarnovo from August. The municipality is working on a project for the purchase of ten electric buses; they will replace the trolleys which were granted to a halt 6 years ago. The main objective behind the plan of the Municipality is for the ecological public transport to be restored. The administration is hoping to secure a funding of 10 million levs for its integrated plan for urban mobility under Regions in Growth 2014 – 2020 Operational Programme. A special charging station will also be supplied; it will take just 7 minutes for the vehicles to recharge their full capacity. Electric busses can travel up to 25 kilometers when fully charged. Veliko Tarnovo Municipality will buy 10 of the vehicles when the European funds are granted. Once they arrive, they will be given for exploitation by the public transport carriers in Veliko Tarnovo. Currently public transport is served by two companies.
Air photo of beautiful Veliko Tarnovo
Over the next five years Veliko Tarnovo will receive EU funding of 53 million leva, to invest in the development of the city. On Monday, the Mayor of Veliko Tarnovo Daniel Panov, signed an agreement which delegated him the right to assessment and select the projects under the number one priority axis – Sustainable and Integrated Urban Development of the Operational Program Regions in growth 2014 – 2020 Operational Programme. The money for Veliko Tarnovo will come from this Operational Programme – the former capital of Bulgaria is now among the ten largest cities identified as the engine of economic growth in Bulgaria.