An appeal against the main highway will not solve Prague. The decision will be in the regional office or ministry
Prague believes that this year it will buy the first plots of land for the so-called green belt around the future highway. However, he will no longer decide on protests against the construction.
Prague will not support against the decision of the Ministry for Regional Development (MRD), according to which the Prague City Hall may be involved in the settlement of an appeal against a zoning decision for the construction of part of the outer ring road between D1 and Běchovice. According to the spokesman of the municipality, Vít Hofman, the office does not agree with the decision, but does not want to prolong the territorial proceedings. The Ministry of Regional Development now has to designate another office that handles dozens of appeals.
The territorial proceedings for section 511 are conducted by the Prague 22 Building Authority, which acts as the municipal authority as the appellate body. So far, he issued an invalid territorial decision of the office in Uhříněves last year at the end of July. Around fifty appeals arrived against him, filed, for example, by the city districts of Dolní Chabry and Horní Počernice, the municipalities of Veleň and Přezletice from the district of Prague-East or local associations.
In addition, the so-called objection of systemic bias also arrived. This concerns the suspicion that the decision was not impartial, it is often used as a tool to delay the construction, which the applicant does not agree with. The Ministry of Regional Development subsequently decided at the end of December that the objection was justified.
No decomposition due to speed
“Although we do not agree with the decision of the Ministry, on the contrary, there is a predominant interest on our part that the territorial decision be confirmed as soon as possible,“Hofman said.” He added that if the municipality defended the decision of the ministry, it could cause a delay of at least several months in case of litigation, even several years.
The municipality will thus not be able to resolve the appeals lodged and it is not yet clear to which institution the obligation will be transferred. Deputy Mayor Adam Scheinherr (Prague Sobě) told ČTK that it could be the office of one of the neighboring regions, or the ministry itself.
In the case of the regional office, Středočeský would be offered without the matter being able to encounter the same problem there as in Prague. In the decision to uphold the objection, the Ministry of Regional Development stated as the main justification that the city management signed a memorandum with the state on cooperation in the construction of major Prague transport structures, including the ring road, thereby declaring Prague’s interest in approving the structures. However, the same memorandum was signed by the management of the Central Bohemian Region.
This is not the first such case where people from a territorially non-competent office decide on the construction. For example, an appeal against the construction of D3 in the Central Bohemian Region is handled by the Pilsen Region.
The first land purchases for green belts this year
The investor of the ring road around the city is the state Directorate of Roads and Motorways (ŘSD), the city cooperates with it in the necessary purchase of land for wooded belts, used to protect the population around the road. “I believe that the first buyouts will take place this year, we are ahead of the agreement with the first owners,” said Scheinherr.
Section 511 is currently required for the missing part of the domestic motorway network according to the traffic load. Cars in this section have to drive through the Prague part of Spořilov and along the South Junction.
The road between the exit from the D1 at Modletice and the exit from the D11 at Běchovice is to include four level crossings and two tunnels. According to earlier information, the construction could start next year and be put into operation in 2025. The estimated price is almost 9.4 million crowns without VAT. After completion, the outer Prague ring road should measure about 83 kilometers according to current plans, with a longer half in operation so far. At present, in addition to section 511, the entire northern part from Ruzyně via Suchdol, Březiněves to Černý Most is also missing on the circuit.