ESTABLISHED FAMILY-RUN BUSINESS
FRIENDLY, RELIABLE SERVICE
The system consists of two subdivisions, covering the range of communications services - Post Offices and Telecommunications. The whole inter-settlement network on the municipality's territory is provided with cables. 29 automatic exchanges with a total installed capacity of 44954 telephones function on the municipality's territory. All settlements are telephonized. All exchanges are included in the national and the international network for direct dialing.
The republican gas main with a branch for the gas supply of the town of Pazardzhik passes through the District of Pazardzhik. A gas-conduit network with a total length of 35768 m - 9919 m in the industrial zone and 25849 m in the residential zone (the length of the network for household needs is 476 m) was constructed and entirely tested by the end of 1999. Most of the schools, nurseries and hospitals in the town are gasified and a lot of households too.
Cultivable farmlands occupy the largest part of the territory of the Pazardzhik region, which is the most important prerequisite for the development of farming. Forestry has a comparatively modest share of the municipality's economy. About 80% of the farmlands in the municipality are irrigated, which is most favourable for the practicing of intensive local agriculture and stockbreeding. The rivers Maritsa, Toplnitsa and Louda Yana pass through the municipality's land. That substantial potential for irrigation is complemented with the existent irrigation canals with a total length of 346 km, which conduct water from six large dam lakes. The cultivable land is 70% of the municipality's total area. Most of it are cornfields. They occupy 60% of the farmlands, followed by natural meadows - 25.34%, and the perennial plantations - 6.45%. Most massive areas of cultivable land are situated along the valley of Maritsa. The uncultivable land occupies 30% of the municipality's territory. Forests occupy the largest part of it - 11.9%.
Tourism in the region
There are a lot of hunting and fishing reserves in the region. A great abundance and variety of game and fish (bears, wild boars, deer, roes, hares, wood-grouses, pheasants, trouts, carps, pike-perches, etc.) combined with extremely beautiful nature.
In the region also you can visit gardens and farms participate in real farming activities, etc.
You can go skiing in the popular resorts in the Rhodope mountain Borovets, Pamporovo, Velingrad (famous for its mineral springs), Yundola, Sveti Konstantin, Tsigov Chark.
You can also visit famous wine cellars in the Pazardzhik region and taste wine and brandy or taste traditional Bulgarian cheese and yoghurt including some made by authentic old recipes.
The town of Pazardzhik was founded during the second half of the 15th century on the left bank of the river Maritza near marketplace of the region. Favourable climatic conditions and excellent natural resources have destined the development of the town during the years and today Pazardzhik is the centre of one of the most prosperous municipalities in Bulgaria. The Pazardzhik municipality has a comparatively compact settlement network. It consists of 32 settlements - a town and 31 villages. The proximity between the settlements is very close - some of them are only 1-2 km away from each other. Large villages with a well-constructed housing fund prevail. Twenty-two of them have populations of over 1000 people. The largest villages are Malo Konare (4754 inhabitants), Ivaylo (3198 inhabitants) and Ognyanovo (2664 inhabitants). The administrative centre of the municipality and the district is the town of Pazardzhik. The good transport connections allow a large part of the municipality's population to travel daily to work. The roads of the municipality are entirely asphalted.
Important Cultural Events in the Town of Pazardzhik
Town Holiday - takes place every year in the beginning of June. It is accompanied by a varied entertainment program.
Winter Musical Evenings - a festival for symphonic music with a history of over twenty years. It was founded by Prof. Ivan Spassov - a conductor, composer and public figure and after his death named after him. The event takes place every year at the end of January.
The town regularly celebrates the Christian holidays and commemorates the important historical and cultural events of the region and the country.
There are two large modern private hospitals in Pazardzhik and one which is financed by the municipalty. Health care in Bulgaria is quite good and Bulgarian doctors and nurses are classes as good professionals.
There is a big supermarket BILLA in the town as well as a lot of shops, restaurants and cafes. Going shopping here could be quite exciting especially if you go to the huge town market where you will find all types of home grown fresh fruits and vegetables which people from the villages sell.
The water sources on the territory of the Pazardzhik region - 89 in number - provide a water amount of about 1300 l/sec, including 900 l/sec for the town of Pazardzhik. The water is in most cases taken from tube wells - 62 in number, and also from catchments and shaft wells. There are protection devices around all water sources - 92 pieces on an area of over 386 decares. The water basins on the municipality's territory are 32 with a total capacity of about 41000 cub. m. There are 54 pumping stations. The length of the outer water-supply network is about 111 km, and of the inner water-supply network - about 458 km.
The irrigational stock is managed by the company Napoitelni Sistemi (Irrigation Systems) EAD, branch Pazardzhik. The irrigable areas of the state-owned water sources are 288702 decares, including. 120384 decares of entirely fit areas. The total length of the irrigation canals is 346 km, including 302 km of lined and 44 km of unlined canals. There are 2560 pieces of equipment along the canals. The length of the drainage canals is 114 km.
The school network on the territory of the town of Pazardzhik consists of 5 junior, 7 primary, 4 general secondary schools, 3 specialized secondary schools, 1 inter-school centre for vocational training and 1 children's complex for extracurricular training. The listed educational institutions are municipal property and are financed from the municipal budget. There are 33 nurseries in the Pazardzhik
municipality. There are 14 municipal nurseries in the town of
Pazardzhik with children in all-day and half-day groups. There is one nursery in the village of Malo Konare and a total of 19 nurseries in the other villages of the municipality, including a small-size nursery in the village of Tsar Assen and a seasonal summer nursery in the village of Pishtigovo.
There are several sports halls, three stadiums, a bicycle track an outdoor swimming pool and an indoor swimming pool in the town of Pazardzhik.
The Vassil Levski Sports Hall is the largest sports hall in the town. It has additional small halls, six changing-rooms, a reception, an office and a sauna. It houses most of the town's sports clubs - a basketball club, a volleyball club, a judo club, a rhythmic gymnastics club, a karate club, a table tennis club and a badminton club.
The Mladost Sports Hall is only used for the needs of rhythmic gymnastics.
The Hebar Sports Complex has a large hall, three smaller halls, outdoor sports grounds and rooms for recreation (a sauna and a tangentor). Clubs for volleyball, karate, weightlifting and wrestling train here.
The Georgi Benkovski Stadium is the largest stadium in the town. The other two stadiums - in Mladost District and in the Zone of Health - are mostly used by citizens for amateur sport.
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