The capital is still closed due to the reconstruction of several important transport links. For example, the Edvard Beneš embankment or Koněvova Street in Prague 3. According to President Miloš Zeman, this is such a serious complication for drivers in the capital that the head of state must also comment on it.
“As a result of a completely amateurish approach to planning and supervision of repairs to Prague roads, or even a completely deliberate dilettantism directed towards Prague and non-Prague drivers, the capital is completely paralyzed by traffic, which is far from being a Prague issue, but also a national topic due to the importance of the metropolis. “Zeman said in a letter published on his website by the Office of the President of the Republic.
According to him, this is such a serious mistake that he called on the mayor Zdeněk Hřib (Pirates) to consider declaring a state of danger due to the current critical traffic situation and future resignation.
“The current traffic situation is so critical that it ultimately affects the public transport you promote – for example in Zenklova Street, where both cars and trams stand due to the surrounding closures, or newly in Veselská Street, where buses transporting people from a wide area, “Zeman added in an open letter.
Mushroom: The president has joined the election campaign
The leadership of Prague is criticized by drivers and political opponents during the September closures. According to Alexandra Udženije (ODS), this is an attempt to show that drivers are the enemies of the city. The Prague politician did not like the contribution of Hřib’s advisor on social networks. Zeman also stumbles upon him in an open letter.
And then that the City Hall did not move anywhere. Who in the past the Mayor Krnáčová spoke directly about “messed-up Praguers”, today “only” the advisor of Pirator Hřib makes fun of people who need to drive a car and are tired of standing in endless columns. And it pays off. 🤷🏻♀️ pic.twitter.com/Nj63xZL6kY
– Alexandra Udzenija (@UdzenijaAlex) September 2, 2021
But the mushroom contradicts the words of Udženi and Zeman.
“We are repairing roads in Prague because we took them over in a dismal state after the previous management of the municipality under the YES flag. There are therefore more major repairs this year than before. All repairs are maximally coordinated by the designated coordinator, the mayor of Prague.
He rejects Zeman’s care for resignation and sees behind them the president’s attempt to enter the election campaign.
“In the last years, as far as I can remember, the President has shown no interest in Praguers. During his trips to the citizens, he avoided Prague and never even visited the municipality in his capacity. I perceive the call for resignation as a mere involvement of the President in the election campaign and I hope that Mr. Babiš will show up in his campaign, which has long exceeded the bounds of decency and taste, “says Hřib.
“But when the president of our country cares most about the condition of the roads, I assume that tomorrow the president will call for the resignation of the Minister of Transport. After all, there are also closures and congestions on the D1 due to repairs, “Hřib returns the blow.
According to the current management of Prague, the previous governments of the capital left a debt for repairs in the amount of 30 billion crowns, which must now be caught up. By the end of the year, Prague will have at least 16 significant traffic restrictions. It will be repaired on Karlovarská Street, K Žižkov or Tupolevov and Veselská in Letňany. The construction of the P + R car park will begin in Hostivař. Further repairs of not only roads but also tram tracks will also continue.
– We have updated the article about the statement of the Mayor of Prague Zdeněk Hřib