Montenegro and Albania jointly inaugurated on Monday, November 20 the long-awaited and needed Tuzi railway station, which is located on the border between the two countries.
“The delegation of the Ministries of Transport and Maritime Affairs of Montenegro, led by Minister Osman Nurković, and the Albanian Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy led by Minister Damian Gjiknuri”, reads the official page of the Montenegrin government, where there to inaugurate the opening of the railway station Tuzi together.
As the state-owned Albanian Railways have said, “At present, the railway toward Montenegro is the only functioning international rail link of Albania with the rest of the region”. So, this new transport perspective will offer the two countries, and mostly, Albania, the potential to grow within the Balkan region through a very important railway line.
As for the Albanian minister of infrastructure Damian Gjiknuri, the press release he issued after visiting the station, read that the work is part of a joint initiative to offer more services at the border crossing point of Hani i Hotit located opposite the Montenegrin town of Tuzi.
On 3 August 2017, the Montenegrin leadership and the Council of Ministers of Albania signed an Agreement on the organisation of border railway traffic with the sole aim “to shorten travel time for passenger and off-road trains at border crossings”. And, according to the government of Montenegro, “On the road to meeting European standards for negotiating chapter 14 – Transport policy, a common railway station is a major advance and the first railway station of this type in the region.”
A promising future for the two sides
“Regarding the investments on this border line, Montenegro has prepared an application for the preparation of the main reconstruction, electrification and modernisation project for the entire railway Podgorica – state border with Albania (worth EUR 2 million), in the length of 24.7 km”, announced the government of Montenegro.
The ministers and their staff also went to check how works at the construction site of the Moračica Bridge on the primary section of the Bar-Boljare motorway go.
Nurković, and Gjiknuri held a bilateral meeting in the Villa Gorica, where they talked about organising special groups that will work on “solving the problems of the Bojana River Basin, shallow water bed and deepening possibilities in order to make it navigable.” As the two men said, they agreed on the Skadar Lake’s underdeveloped potentials believing they should both try and evaluate it financially.
As regards to the road infrastructure, “the Feasibility Study for a fast road along the Montenegrin coast is being done. The road route Tuzi – Ploče, Gusinje – Grnčar, Sukobin –Vladimir – Krute and Ostros – Krute were made. Currently, works on the section Ulcinj – Krute are being carried out, and it is also planned to reconstruct the road from the canyon of the Cijevna River to the border with Albania”, says Montenegro.
Moreover, there was a joint decision that the mixed commissions of both countries will work on the harmonisation of the text of the Agreement on carriage of passengers and cargo in road traffic.
Last but not least, the Montenegrin Finance minister Dragica Sekulić had the chance to meet with the Albanian delegation, on the sidelines of the station’s inauguration…/IBNA
Photos: Government of Montenegro