Tirana has been selected as one of the cities that has made the most progress in city management, especially regarding drinking water.
A positive assessment was received from the 2018 World Summit of Cities and the Annual Water Summit held in Singapore, from where the head of the Municipality of Tirana, Erion Veliaj, presented the great achievements and changes that the Albanian capital has undergone.
"I am very happy that Tirana is highly rated at the Annual Summit of Cities in Singapore and at the Annual Water Summit.
"So for two processes: in city management and water management, Tirana was rated as one of the cities that has made the most progress," said Erion Veliaj.
In his speech to the Summit, Veliaj emphasized that the Water Supply and Sewerage Enterprise Company, from the bankrupt enterprise it was three years ago, is now ready to start workon doubling Bovilla's capacity and setting up a new transmission line for drinking water to be dispersed throughout the New Ring area.
"We were handed the Water Supply as a bankrupt enterprise three years ago, and today not only have its debts been paid, but it is getting ready for an investment, thanks to EBRD credit, to double Bovilla's filtration capacity and to build a new network.
I am also pleased that Tirana is today the leader in Albania as 98.5% of water bills are paid. So we have proven, when people receive services they are ready to pay," explained Erion Veliaj.
The Mayor expressed the conviction that the best news is Tirana's assessment as one of the most innovative cities in relation to how the relationship with the citizens has changed.
However, Veliaj expressed his regret for the statement of a politician, a leader in the past, who today swore that they will ruin the public works done in Tirana in the last three years, such as Skanderbeg Square, and that they will not allow other public works to be realized, such as the New Theater.
"I feel sorry to see the leader of the past in Albania who swears they will ruin the public works that have taken place in Tirana," declared Erion Veliaj.
The Mayor assured the citizens of the Municipality's commitment to continue with the transformation of Tirana to each capillary of every neighborhood.
He said the work will not stop even in the last year of the mandate, while in the new mandate more attention will be paid to investment in rural areas.