Over 100 citizens of Nis applied for the competition for subsidies for the replacement of individual furnaces, which is almost twice less than the number of households for which money was allocated – 200. As reasons for the lower response of citizens, the director of the Office for Local and Economic Development Dusan Radivojevic states pandemic and extensive documentation, and announces a new competition.
“Ten days ago, a competition was completed in which residents of Nis could apply in order to replace wood and coal stoves with pellet stoves or connect to the gas or heating network. Until the funds are spent, another call will be issued, so that the citizens will have the opportunity and those who did not apply in this first call, will be able to apply through the second call “, states Radivojević.
17.6 million dinars were set aside from the budget of the City of Nis and the Ministry of Environmental Protection for the replacement of individual fireplaces, which, as it was said earlier, is enough for 200 households.
However, the number of applicants in the first call is significantly lower than expected, so Radivojevic is announcing a new competition, but not when it will be.
“Depending on the work of the Commission and until we have a clear situation on how much money has been spent, based on that, we will announce a second round of calls,” he says.
When asked by journalists why few citizens responded to the competition, Radivojevic cites the corona virus and extensive documentation as possible reasons.
“Is kovid one of the reasons why citizens did not apply in sufficient numbers, maybe extensive documentation, this will certainly be an indicator for everyone to tell those who were indecisive or who did not take the time to prepare appropriate documentation through another call that the City will announce they receive subsidies from the City that are important in the procurement and transition to the appropriate energy source, “he added.
Let us remind you, the air in Nis has been among the most polluted in Serbia in recent months, which was investigated by the journalists of Južni vesti. In addition to subsidies for the replacement of individual fireplaces, the Ministry of Environmental Protection has determined funds for afforestation and landscaping for that city.
Source: Southern news
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