Large Hospitals, Office Centers, Citizens Raise Strong Arguments in Support of Sofia Metro Extension

The Association of the Commercial Buildings Owners in Bulgaria (ACBO), the hospitals St. Ana and Sofiamed, the Novotel and Metropolitan hotels, the Megapark office center, as well as citizen communities, who live and work in several southeastern districts of the capital city, have voiced well-grounded positions in connection with the project for amendments to the General Development Plan of Sofia Municipality adopted by virtue of Resolution № 960/2009 of the Council of Ministers, for the extension of the existing lines of the Sofia Metro.

The citizens insist on the construction of an extension of the Sofia Metro’s Third Diameter with a range from Evlogi Georgiev Blvd. at G.S. Rakovski Military Academy, via Geo Milev St., Asen Yordanov Blvd., outside Arena Armeec sports hall, along Tsarigradsko Shose Blvd. to the junction of Tsarigradsko Shose Blvd. with Prof. Petar Mutafchiev Str.

Each of the organizations and communities has submitted its own letter to Zdravko Zdravkov, Chief Architect of Sofia Metropolitan Municipality.

“In our position to the Chief Architect of Sofia, we have expounded clear and strong arguments that leave no room for doubt where the public benefits of the project are concerned. We express our unequivocal support for the implementation of the originally set parameters of the project for the construction of an extension of the Sofia Metro Third Diameter which is fully consistent with the public needs and interests”, said Tanya Kosseva-Boshova, chairperson of the Association of the Commercial Buildings Owners in Bulgaria.

Here are some of the key arguments of citizens and organizations:
  • Inclusion in the area serviced by the metro of district with a large number of residents, as well as of important public buildings and sites.
  • Large hospitals such as St. Ana and Sofiamed Bloc 2 are located in this district.
  • The metro extension will facilitate and shorten the time for access to a business area with a considerable number of employees and numerous visitors.
  • Traffic congestions on Tsarigradsko Shose Blvd. have become a chronic issue that requires a solution.

It is quite reasonable to expect that the extension of the Third Metro Diameter will be given the green light – this is a rational and environmentally viable solution for the traffic along Tsarigradsko Shose. Moreover, a possible positive outcome of the public discussion will become a new and encouraging contribution into the clout of civil society in Bulgaria.