Fence-building on Latvian-Belarusian border to be sped up

State JSC “State Real Estate” (VNĪ) together with other institutions involved in the development of the Latvian–Belarusian border guarding infrastructure have developed a "number of solutions" that will accelerate the construction of the fence along the border, said Renārs Griškevics, Chairman of the Board of VNĪ, on July 25.

The priority sequence of work to be carried out has been reviewed. In particular, during the summer season, the first priority will be the construction of the fence itself in the second round (63.9 km). This is a sufficient physical barrier to the slowing down of illegal border offenders, which gives border guards extra time to prevent potential offenses.

Most (78%) of the fence constructed in the first round of works will be completed in autumn 2023 and the infrastructure around it will be built by the end of the year.

On the other hand, the second round of work is planned to be completed by the end of 2024. Additional deforestation is needed in places.

The project provides for a total construction of the Latvia–Belarus State border of 173 km. The first round of construction of the fence at 85.9 km will be completed by autumn 2023 and the second round at 63.9 km and the third round at approximately 16.7 km by the end of 2024.

The total cost of construction and related services and jobs for the first two rounds of construction of the border infrastructure is EUR 102.7 million (with VAT).

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