Bele Vode

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Template:Infobox settlement Bele Vode (Serbian Cyrillic: ???? ????) is an urban neighborhood of Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. It is located in Belgrade's municipality of ?ukarica.

Bele Vode

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Church of the Saint of Ascension

Bele Vode is located in the southwestern part of Belgrade, as a western sub-neighborhood of Žarkovo. It is located west of the Ibarska magistrala (Highway of Ibar), bounded by Žarkovo from the north, Cerak from the east, Rup?ine from the south and Makiš from the west.

Bele Vode is known for the central Belgrade waterworks plant located there, including the 'water factory'. Name of the neighborhood in Serbian means white waters. The local community (mesna zajednica) of Bele Vode within the municipality of ?ukarica had a population of 11,920 in 1981 and 14,255 in 2002.

There is an elementary school within Bele Vode local community early called "Bele Vode", then the name was changed to "Milentije Popovi?". Now the name of this school is "Miroslav Anti?".

Azbestno Naselje

A block of 28 buildings in the central part of Bele Vode was built in 1966 as an experimental complex and a temporary settlement for the next 10 years. However, inhabitants were not resettled after 1976, and in the mid 1990s it was discovered that the buildings were built with the use of cancerous asbestos instead of concrete, thus they were supposed to be emptied after 10 years. Tenants began a campaign for the demolition of the settlement (which became known as Azbestno Naselje, Serbian for asbestos settlement) claiming deteriorating health and above average cancer occurrence rate (including deaths), as a result of the poisonous asbestos. City government promised help but refused to accept that asbestos is responsible for the health problems of the tenants. However, after over 10 years of protest and campaigning, the demolition of 14 buildings began in June 2006 and it is supposed to end by 2011. As the neighborhood is de facto being rebuilt, new streets, parking places and traffic infrastructure will be reconstructed or build. Problem is that buildings with asbestos are a threat for the environment so they can't just be demolished, instead they have to be deconstructed, so the process is very slow. Removing asbestos pannels (roof and façade) from one building takes 40 days. City Institute for public health oversees the demolition and measures the concentration of asbestos dust in the air. Pannels are removed by hand and constantly watered to prevent the dispersion of dust. They are then packed in a special wrapping material, send to the temporary storehouse in the town of Ruma in the province of Vojvodina, and then sent to Germany for recycling. Also, when the building is completely demolished, a 5 centimeters thick layer of earth beneath is being removed also.

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