Building permits for SHPPs on the Neretvica River have been revoked

Building permits for SHPPs on the Neretvica River have been revoked

SARAJEVO, August 9 (FENA) – The Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning of the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton, under the right of supervision, revoked two building permits that were previously illegally issued for small hydropower plants Srijanski bridge and Gorovnik estuary on the Neretvica River, the Aarhus Center in BiH announced.

The legal team of the Association “Aarhus Center in BiH”, in cooperation with the NGOs “Let me flow” and “Green Neretva”, noticed irregularities in the process of issuing building permits from the Municipality of Konjic since they were issued without an energy permit, which violates the Law on Electricity and the Decree on the Procedure, Criteria, Form and Content of the Application for the Issuance of an Energy Permit for the construction of new and reconstruction of existing production plants, adopted by the Government of the Federation of BiH.

On that occasion, requests for annulment of building permits under the right of supervision were prepared during May 2021.

Since the Municipality of Konjic did not react in time to the letters of the second instance body (in this case the Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning of the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton), the whole process of revoking permits was extended by three months, which was used by the investor (JP Elektroprivreda BiH) to try to start the construction of the mentioned small hydropower plants, on the basis of illegal permits.

Also, last month, the Municipality of Konjic promised the investor an unhindered construction of hydropower plants on the Neretvica River on the basis of illegal building permits.

“From the first day, we knew that our fight to save the Neretvica River was correct,” said Safet Sarajlić, a member of the association “Let me flow”.

Amir Variščić from the “Green Neretva” movement expressed satisfaction that the institutions are doing their job.