The Prague Public Transit Company (DPP) has permission to build the new metro line D.
Today the Ministry of Transport rejected an appeal against the building permit for the Pankrác – Nové Dvory stretch, as follows from the officially published document.
“Thanks to this, the main construction site will receive the final building permit within 15 days (after delivery by public notice) and we will be able to start the construction of the decade,” said Deputy Mayor Adam Scheinherr. The final building permit was the last document needed after DPP was able to sign a contract with the contractors last year.
The building permit was appealed by several individuals and civic initiatives. Earlier, the ministry rejected the objection of bias of the Prague City Hall. The civic initiatives have long had several problems with the project. One of them is the construction of a pile wall near the future Olbrachtova station, the size of the construction site or the cutting down of mature greenery.
Earlier, Deputy Mayor Scheinherr said the city tried to accommodate all of the residents’ objections, and has reportedly reduced the size of the construction site. Furthermore, only 33 of the 109 trees will be cut down instead of the proposed 100. The initiatives’ representatives have repeatedly stated they do not trust the city officials to keep their promises.
The first section will be built by the Subterra, Hochtief and Strabag consortium at a cost of CZK 13.75 billion (EUR 542 million). Metro line I.D will be 10.6 km long with a total of ten stations. The service should be provided by seventeen driverless four-car trains. In the first phase, metro line D will connect Pankrac with Nove Dvory and then it will go to Pisnice. According to last year’s update, the total estimated cost is CZK 97.79 billion (EUR 3,86 billion). DPP is already planning other parts of the metro, and market consultations are currently underway for the Olbrachtova – Nove Dvory stretch.