Municipal Waste Collection Truck for DimitrovgradSep 21, 2016
Dimitrovgrad, September 21, 2016 - On Dimitrovgrad Municipality Day a new municipal waste collection truck was donated to Dimitrovgrad, which would help this town improve the quality of local municipal services and overcome the consequences of migrant and refugee crisis.
The truck was officially handed over to the Mayor of Dimitrovgrad, Mr Vladica Dimitrov by the Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Serbia, H.E. Juichi Takahara and Deputy Resident Representative at UNDP Serbia, Ms Steliana Nedera.
Due to its geographical position, and its close vicinity to the border with Bulgaria, several thousand people have transited through Dimitrovgrad to Serbia during the migration wave that started last year. Transit of such a large number of refugees and migrants has led to a need for increased capacities of local services in general, one of them being management of municipal waste.
Steliana Nedera took this opportunity to stress the UNDP's commitment to implementation of development solutions to address a crisis that is primarily humanitarian. She wished a happy Dimitrovgrad Day to its citizens and reminded that it is celebrated on the same day as the International Peace Day and emphasized that the truck would serve both the citizens of Dimitrovgrad and migrants, that "the road we're building to the One-Stop Center for migrants will serve both citizens and migrants, that the water management system we are designing will serve both citizens and migrants - these are, at the same time, examples of supporting local services for which there is a growing need, but also providing resilient development of the entire municipality."
Donation of the truck, worth over USD 90,000 is part of a wider project entitled: "Strengthening Local Resilience in Serbia: Mitigating the Impact of the Migration Crisis", which is being implemented by UNDP in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-Government and Commissariat for Refugees and Migration of the Republic of Serbia in the Republic of Serbia thanks to the support of the Japanese Government amounting to USD 1.1 million.
The goal of the Project is to help improve resilience and development of the local communities and municipalities, as services provided there and infrastructure have been exposed the most to the effects of the refugee and migration crisis. Alongside Dimitrovgrad, in this Project support has been provided to Adasevci (Sid municipality), whilst Kanjiza, Subotica, Presevo and Beograd will also be supported throughout the Project.
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