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Coșmar Residence: What happened to the famous block in Brașov that had to be demolished. The Italian developer built it without a permit


Four months after the start of the Coşmar Residence series, we returned to some of the neighborhoods we visited, to see what has changed. Here, there, more stones. The muds disappeared and were replaced by dust. Some mayors have taken up the water or sewage networks. But people still live light years away from civilization.

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Reporter- Iosif Daru, Pantelimon resident: Is it better now?

– Compared to last time, it is better like this, but we are now aiming for better. Back to normal!

Since our last visit, the town of Pantelimon has changed. Little bit. The town hall laid sewers, made sidewalks and paved part of the main road to the new quarter.

What has changed 4 months after the start of the Coșmar Residence campaign

Iosif Daru, resident of Pantelimon: He dug to prepare the road for asphalting, they laid sidewalks up to where you saw and now he continued for another 300 meters there, also with the preparation for asphalting.

Nea Daru has been living in Pantelimon for 16 years. Last year, he couldn’t leave the mud house and didn’t think things would ever change in the neighborhood.

Iosif Daru, resident of Pantelimon: For better or for worse, the water is no longer collected there. He had sprayed my fence, what was on the fence I don’t know if you saw last time. I took it to the brush and washed it, now it started again. Glad they put that in and now it doesn’t spray anymore.

Elena Tănase: They threw stones, they paved. My daughter now goes out with the child on the street. There is still a long way to modern roads. The work has stopped.

Andreea Milea, Observer reporter: This is how people drive today on the main road in the city of Pantelimon, which the authorities recently paved. If before people were afraid of rain because it was very muddy, now they want it, because there is a lot of dust. When will this artery be paved? It’s hard to say, because the local authorities haven’t even paid for the work done so far.

Nothing has changed on the other streets of Pantelimon.

Resident: Every Christmas they announce what great achievements they have and every time they say that this road is in the asphalting program as an achievement, but for 7 years nothing has happened.

Driver: I have been living here under the same conditions for over 15 years. It’s the second car I’ve destroyed. I hope to drive on asphalt in retirement.

Locals from Bod, near Braşov, continue to protect themselves from dust with placards pasted on fences. Banner images – “Help us breathe clean air! Drive slowly so you don’t raise dust.” When it rains, roads disappear under water.

Claudiu Loghin, Observer reporter: In Bod, this is what one of the streets of the residential neighborhood looks like. This puddle, for example, is as wide as the entire street. It is approximately 15 meters long, and its depth is known only to those who dare to cross it by car.

Local: Puddles like fishing, look. If you give that one, at least, has been there for about four years, which I think reaches to the knees. If a small car enters there, goodbye!

The block erected without authorization by an Italian developer in Sânpetru is still standing, although the town hall requested its demolition. The works of connecting the neighborhood to the sewage network have started, but the construction site is far from finished.

Local: The developer says one thing and does another. Here, initially, there was a project of 50 blocks. We were promised a kindergarten, which you will never see, we were promised playgrounds, which we will never see again. The sewage, all the sewage drains into a giant pit that is emptied several times a day.

In the spring, the developer promised that he would not stop until he solved all the problems of his customers. Now, he’s not answering the phone.

The mud from Moşniţa has disappeared. The roads were, for the most part, paved. But.

Local: Water is under any criticism. Water is so much iron and manganese. That’s 100 times more than normal. Even with the most efficient filters, you cannot make this water drinkable or usable. Neither is it good for washing the car, nor for washing the car because everything remains, it remains hardened. The street lighting, I understood that it will come too. I do not know when.

Local woman: Disaster. Initially, we were paved here, in the beginning, by the developer, but in the meantime it was built and damaged again. We don’t have sewage, we have a ditch. We are waiting for the City Hall to build the roads, to build sewers, infrastructure is the most important, shops, schools, parks.

Local: The developer, after selling, didn’t know about us anymore. He saw it as his business. He took the money and hello. Promises were that he would build a road, that he would bring gas, water, electricity, everything. Nothing. Pause.

Florin Bucur, mayor of Moşniţa Nouă: We have a total of about 150 kilometers that we have to pave this year. As for value, somewhere over 7 million lei. We have a major project to expand the water network, 60 kilometers or so, through government funds. The water will be completed somewhere by the end of the year, the beginning of next year.

The city hall says that, since the end of 2018, it has not issued building permits if the developers have not committed to bring utilities and asphalt. Of the 300 kilometers of roads in the commune, only 50 are paved.

The residents who moved to Lunca Cetătăuii take an hour to get to work.

Driver-reporter: It’s crowded, but I think all the entrances to the city have the same problem.

– Should the road be widened?

– Yes, obliged!

Driving from Miroslava to the city is just as bad.

Woman: Yes, it’s very crowded. Yes.

– Reporter: Many people have moved here.

– Yes Yes.

Another woman: – I think that kindergartens would be needed, a crèche would also be needed, because there are a lot of young people in Miroslava commune.

Next year there could be more buses from Iasi to the dormitories.

Mihai Chirica, mayor of Iasi: The first step we want to take from January 1 is the expansion of the public transport network. People need mobility, they need affordable fares / and we try to do this by purchasing / small buses that can also serve rural areas.

Driver-reporter: Yes, yes, yes! It’s crowded and there should be two buses.

– But do you think people would give up the car?

– A part yes. Not me.

Clara Mihociu, Observer reporter: If for public transport in the metropolitan area there are at least promises to solve the problem, when it comes to road traffic we are no longer talking about any solution or promise. Furthermore, the road that connects Lunca Cetătăuii and part of Miroslava to the city is extremely congested, and the authorities have not even proposed a solution for its widening.

Coşmar Residence will return from autumn. And it will continue until we change the chaotic way in which it is built. It will continue until the authorities provide people with decent living conditions. Until turnkey will mean, in the end, turnkey in Romania as well.

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