Years of disputes between the developer CWI Smíchov from the UDI Group and Prague and the Prague transport company regarding the project in Prague 5 are coming to an end. Below the land between Nádražní and Strakonická streets is a water source, which originally had water available for a short time in emergency situations for up to 600,000 Praguers. Historically, it was supposed to be an emergency source of water during a nuclear attack.
The transport company is preparing to undertake pumping tests to determine the yield of the water source. At the same time, the end of disputes means the green light for the official declaration of protection zones of a water source. The exchange for a helpful step the developer expects that the way will be opened for him to build an office and a housing project with an investment of around two billion crowns.
“Due to the fact that the dispute over the ownership of the waterworks made it impossible to declare protection zones, which the relevant municipal authority is going to declare, DPP and CWI Smíchov agreed to withdraw the plaintiff,” said Daniel Šabík, head of the transport company’s communication department.
The procedure for the declaration of protection zones will therefore continue as before the dispute was initiated. ‘The applicant’s withdrawal agreement is not subject to any specific conditions. Both parties only expressed their willingness to resolve the dispute out of court in order to unblock the possibility of declaring protection zones for the waterworks, “added a DPP representative.
It is a helpful step that has the protection of a valuable water resource in a situation where it is in danger of degradation
In addition, construction on the CWI Smíchov site has long been blocked by a building closure. The developer complained that the surrounding projects arrive exemption from the closures to obtain, had the construction plan CWI Smíchov bad luck. The investor accused the authorities of a selective approach and the required compensation. In addition, the builder drew attention to the fact that the non-existence of protection zones may complicate the plan for the construction of a new transport terminal on the site of the nearby Smíchov railway station.
“In the interest of protecting the water source, which is located in the underground of Smíchov, we withdrew the lawsuit to determine the owner of the underground waterworks, part of which passed into our ownership together with the land. It is a helpful step that has the protection of a valuable water resource in a situation where there is a risk of its degradation, “said the owner of UDI Group Radek Menšík, referring to the alleged impact of the surrounding projects.
Former CEZ energy group director Martin Roman is one of the investors in some of the UDI Group’s projects. According to the company, however, it has no share in the Smíchov project. The developer thus rejected the speculation that the personality of the former head of the semi-state concern was to blame for the delays around the project.
Water for watering
There are collection wells on the land of the company CWI Smíchov. In the underground, there is a part of the waterworks, which drains the water from the sources to the reservoir through an underground tunnel over one kilometer long. The transport company currently uses water for technical purposes.
At present, Prague does not anticipate that water from the unique work could travel to the usual water supply network. “Water from sources is high quality, but without further treatment it cannot be used as drinking water. However, it can be used, for example, for watering parks or green roofs, as so-called gray water for flushing, for firefighters and the like, “said Tomáš Veselý, deputy director of the municipality for the decision-making section on the territory.
For example, after the withdrawal of lawsuits, the developer bet on a quick implementation of pumping tests to determine the yield of the water source, it is now clear that this year it will not be.
“First of all, it is necessary to prepare project documentation in order to take the exam, on which we are working intensively with the parties concerned. We assume that it should be completed by the end of March 2022. We can protect the water authority for the pumping test only on the basis of the submitted project documentation. We will then be able to determine the date of the pumping tests themselves only on the basis of the opinions of the water authority, “described the official procedures of the DPP Šabík representative.
The domestic UDI Group currently has 15 projects in four European countries. The company estimates the revenue from projects over the next five years at 37 billion crowns.