The construction of a dam on the Polish-Belarusian border is nearing completion. By next month, the non-stay area will be available for tourists. Vacationers are already booking places in agritourism.
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More than 140 km of the 187 km long technical dam on the Polish-Belarusian border are ready. In the village of Tołcze (Podlasie), a five-meter fence made of reinforced concrete and thick steel profiles is topped with a twisted razor wire. The border guard patrol passes along the road along the dam. The assembly of the devices constituting the electronic control system will soon begin here.
Until they’re gone immigrants with the help of Belarusian border guards, they are still trying to get to Poland. Staff ensign of the Podlasie border guard unit, Michał Bura, points out that there is not a day when groups of migrants do not try to break through the fence.
They climb the dam by ladders made of poles, rope ladders, and those that can be purchased in DIY stores
– he brings back.
There are cases of cutting metal profiles with electric angle grinders, and even attempts to excavate
– he adds.
The excavations end only with tests, because the foundations are more than 1.5 m deep
– to assure.
Construction is still ongoing at the Kuźnica crossing
The construction of the last part of the dam is still in progress, among others at the Kuźnica border post. Steel poles already stand where several hundred aggressive migrants stormed the tangles of barbed wire in November last year. Heavy machines prepare structures for assembly of steel spans.
Lieutenant Anna Wysocka of the Kuźnica border guard post has no doubt that the fence will be an effective barrier against possible new attacks inspired by the Belarusian services.
Wysocka participated in the defense of the Kuźnica border crossing. He does not hide that the situation was very dangerous.
Even if you have a helmet and a bulletproof vest, it is not easy to resist the pressure when stones fly, tree branches are lit, stun grenades explode
Senior Staff Ensign Bura is confident that, according to the schedule, the fence will protect the territory of Poland for almost 190 km by the end of June. He is surprised by such an effective implementation of this investment. He admits that a year ago, he did not even imagine that it could be created in such a short time.
The head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration, Mariusz Kamiński, decided that due to the completion of the main works of the dam, the ordinance on the temporary ban on stay in 183 settlements in the border area of Podlaskie and Lubelskie voivodships will cease to apply from July 1. At the same time, the Podlasie Voivodeship will introduce a ban on staying within 200 meters of the state border.
Tourists are waiting for the opportunity to come on vacation to these regions.
We get phone calls asking for free rooms
– says Dominika Wnukowska from Krynek, who runs the agritourism.
He admits that he must for the moment refuse tourists, because he always welcomes soldiers. She does not hide that the previous period was not painful for her. On the contrary, thanks to the accommodation of the military, she earned money in her agritourism even out of season.
The construction of the dam is carried out by Budimex and the consortium of Unibep and the subsidiary Budrex, and the steel elements – by a consortium of three companies: Polimex-Mostostal, Mostostal Siedlce and Węglokoks. Agreements with these companies were signed by border guards on January 4 and their total value is PLN 1 billion 233 million. Together with the perimeter contract that the border guards signed with Elektrotim on March 24, this amounts to 1 billion 565 million PLN.
The investment also pays off for local transport companies, sand mines, concrete plants, as well as locals who have found employment in the construction of the dam.
“Following sections of barrier removed”
Successive sections of barrier removed. The spans are already fixed at a length of almost 150 km. The technical road is completed on a section of 185 km – the border guard stressed on Thursday. The installation of the electronic systems will also start shortly. This is the most important element for the agents – added the border guard.
Successive sections of barrier removed. The spans are already fixed at a length of almost 150 km. The technical road is completed on a section of 185 km. The installation of the electronic systems will begin soon – for #funkcjonariuszeSG this will be the most important element of the barrier
– wrote the formation on Twitter.
The entry is accompanied by a video showing the finished sections of the dam with the fixed spans and the technical route.