Bulgarian NGO “Spasi Sofia”: Municipality “Completely Irresponsible”

Written by on November 1, 2016 in Bulgaria, Sofia - No comments
This sidewalk is neither too safe, nor beautiful.

This Sofia sidewalk is neither too safe, nor beautiful.

The Bulgarian NGO “Spasi Sofia” (“Save Sofia”) has accused Sofia municipality of “complete irresponsibility” and a chronic “lack of managerial capability”. It is not the first time. The organization has been evaluating street repairs done by companies commissioned by the municipality for years. It also applied pressure in Sofia regarding the construction of the third Metro line, which is ongoing and scheduled to be completed in 2019.

“Spasi Sofia” just published yet another round of photos showing so-called repairs the municipality had done on streets and sidewalks in the Bulgarian capital. In the statement, the NGO stated it was “tired dropping photos of crumbling sidewalks and ‘repaired’ tramways.” To their opinion, the city is using “technology from 50 years ago” and has “no eye for detail and aesthetics.”

The young members of “Spasi Sofia” believe “that every citizen of Sofia will be offended by the pictures.” They called on inhabitants not to forget to “talk about the problems of Sofia”.

Addressing the Mayor of Sofia, Yordanka Fandakova, they asked when “the waste of public money” for inadequate repairs will finally stop. They also demanded hefty fines for contractors which fail to repair objects in the city properly. And they told the new Deputy Mayor, Evgeni Krusev, to work on necessary changes at the municipality.

These are the latest photos “Spasi Sofia” provided. (Click one to start the photo tour).

By im.

All photos by “Spasi Sofia

An unconventional curb, with too many manholes.

An unconventional curb, with too many manholes.

A typical Sofia sidewalk, it its "repaired" state. These kinds of renovations might last a year.

A typical Sofia sidewalk, it its “repaired” state. These kinds of renovations might last a year.

The asphalt around the tram tracks is already crumbling away, a day or two after this street was repaired the Bulgarian way.

The asphalt around the tram tracks is already crumbling away, a day or two after this street was repaired the Bulgarian way.

This is what refurbished sidewalks look like, at least in Sofia, Bulgaria.

This is what refurbished sidewalks look like, at least in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The neat details.

The neat details.

The Bulgarian tax payer might not agree with this kind of renovation. But he or she is paying for it anyway.

The Bulgarian tax payer might not agree with this kind of renovation. But he or she is paying for it anyway.

Welcome to Sofia, Bulgaria. The NGO "Spasi Sofia" is applying pressure on the municipality.

Welcome to Sofia, Bulgaria. The NGO “Spasi Sofia” is applying pressure on the municipality.

 

 

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