WITH huge numbers of journalists coming to Slovakia for the Bush-Putin summit, Bratislava city officials will take the opportunity to inform the world's media about planned developments and upgrades to essential infrastructure of the city.
Investments on the Danube: Over the next five years new projects worth up to €1 billion will be completed in Bratislava.
The main aim is to extend the city centre along the Danube embankment. A seven-kilometre boulevard with shops, apartments, congress and administrative facilities is planned. Both the bus station and the train station will be rebuilt- something that will be very welcome to visitors.
Modern tramway: For over 25 years Bratislava has cherished the idea of a subway system. Estimated at a cost of Sk100 billion (€2.5 billion), nobody could be found to pay for it.
But since 2003, the town council has been busily preparing a fast-track tram system that would run above as well as under ground.
The tramway would use modern, low-deck, aerodynamic trams that hold up to 500 people. Such trams can now be found in Dublin and Strasbourg. The idea should be brought to life between 2006 and 2008.
Twin Cities - Vienna and Bratislava: The two capitals realize the advantages of connecting and last year started to work on strengthening cooperation. The Twin Cities project is a chance to create an economic and cultural hot spot in Central Europe.
Bratislava City press conferences will take place at the summit press centre at the Incheba Exhibition Hall.
21. Feb 2005 at 0:00