The former mayor of Plovdiv and two-time member of parliament Slavcho Atanasov appealed to the mayor Zdravko Dimitrov through his Facebook profile not to wait for money from the state, but to immediately start cleaning the riverbed of Maritsa. Atanasov commented that the river is overgrown and dangerous, especially in view of the heavy rains and floods in many places in the country. “I realize that money is never enough, but there are priorities. In the first place is always the safety of the people and the city. Mr. Mayor should not wait for money from the state for such a key problem, because it may come, but we can stay with just waiting. Especially with this frequent change of governments“, calls Slavcho Atanasov.
This is what he wrote on his social network profile:
“Friends, I have noticed that every year there are two dangerous moments for the settlements through which rivers pass. At the end of winter, when the snow melts from the mountains and at the end of summer, when it almost always rains heavily. And always during these periods we have flooded villages and towns. And so it is this year. Fortunately, Plovdiv has been spared for now. But how long will that be? We all remember the terrible flood in August 2005. The dikes did not last and were breached in four places. People from the most dangerous places were evacuated.
I am writing all this because the condition of the river is not good at the moment. The last time we basically cleaned it was in 2010 with heavy equipment, when the self-grown trees in the riverbed were removed by the roots. Ecologists have previously provided guidance on which trees to save for rare birds by marking them. Since then the river has not been touched and it is normal to be in this bad state.
I appeal to my colleague, Mr. Dimitrov, to urgently start cleaning the river. I realize that money is never enough, but there are priorities. In the first place is always the safety of the people and the city. Mr. Mayor should not wait for money from the state for such a key problem, because it may come, but we can stay with just waiting. Especially with this frequent change of governments.
In 2010, the river was cleaned with money from the municipal budget, initially the cleaning company covered the costs, and the municipality subsequently reimbursed the invested funds. Then we managed about BGN 2.5 million. Now they needed three times as much money. But 12 years have passed. I will not comment on the value of the venture. There are experts and financiers for that.
I am convinced that Mr. Dimitrov will only find support for such an important issue. We cannot rely only on God’s favor and our luck!’