Post-quake reconstruction picking up in Krapina-Zagorje County

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(Hina) - About a dozen family houses in Krapina-Zagorje County, destroyed in an earthquake two years ago, have been removed to date, and work has begun on structural reconstruction based on a self-reconstruction model, Construction Minister Ivan Paladina said on Monday.

Paladina held a regular monthly meeting in Krapina with County Prefect Željko Kolar and the mayors of Donja Stubica, Gornja Stubica and Marija Bistrica.

Paladina said that the Reconstruction Fund had issued a call for the design of 20 substitute houses  and that he expected work on the first ten houses to begin before the end of the year, including structural reconstruction and construction of substitute housing. He said that this was an ambitious plan.

Paladina said he expected work on all the houses to begin no later than the end of spring next year. He noted that self-reconstruction was an important part of of this plan, especially with regard to structural reconstruction.

Kolar said that this plan was a major step forward in the organisation of work by the Ministry and the Fund. "What we can say with great certainty is that all the houses that have to be removed will be removed before the year's end."