By laying and blessing the foundation stone, the construction of the new panoramic air lift, the longest in the world, as the President of the Municipality of Čajetina Milan Stamatović and the representative from French company Pomagalsky from which the technical equipment has been bought, said, has officially started in Zlatibor today.
The nine-kilometre Gondola lift will connect Zlatibor tourist urban centre with the mountain’s highest peak Tornik. With a stopover station located at the halfway point, the Gondola will carry 55 cabins with ten seats each.
– The first truck with construction equipment has already arrived in Zlatibor, and the next delivery is due next week. After that, we will publish a tender for the contractor, as we are planning for the Gondola to come into operation by the end of next year – said Milan Stamatović.
The Gondola is, as he stated, the most expensive project in the Municipality of Čajetina’s history, but also the biggest investment in Serbia currently undertaken by a local government. Out of the 10-million-euro total price of the equipment, 8.4 million has already been paid to Pomagalski, while the last instalment, said Stamatović, will be paid in September.
The foundation stone was blessed by Žički orthodox bishop Justin, and the ceremony was attended by the Russian Ambassador to Serbia Alexander Čepurin, the representatives from the French embassy, the vice-president of Pomagalski, DSS and SNP political leaders Sanda Rašković Ivić and Nenad Popović.
Nobody from Serbia’s leadership has appeared today in Zlatibor, although, as the Municipality of Čajetina’s president said, both the Serbian president and Prime Minister were invited, along with a couple of ministers.
– By successfully regulating property transactions and legal relations relating to the Gondola’s route, we have prevented what could have been the greatest ever embezzlement of state property. This is why no one from senior government was seen here today, said Stamatović.