Latvia-Belarus border construction works could take first steps February

The first contracts regarding the construction of Latvia's eastern border inrastructure with builders are planned to be concluded at the end of February 2022, Renars Griškevics, Chairman of the Board of State JSC 'State Real Estate' (VNĪ) told Latvian Radio November 17.

Currently, VNĪ has viewed the previous construction design and has concluded that it had shortcomings, so it cannot be fully implemented. A more in-depth study of the eastern border has already been launched to improve the construction project. In addition, negotiations with the Nature Conservation Agency and the State Environmental Service are planned soon to clarify the requirements for nature conservation, Griškevics said.

VNĪ plans to launch a contest of bidders for border construction work in the second half of December, but the first contracts with the builders are scheduled to be concluded by the end of February. Before announcing the competition in the second half of December, there will also be clarity on the cost of the project, Griškevics said.

Asked whether the process of selecting builders is progressing quickly enough, given the tense situation on the Belarus border, Griškevics replied that this is an accelerated process already, as it usually takes at least half a year. At the same time, it is difficult to predict the deadline for the completion of the border construction works, the head of the VNĪ said.

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