Although he is now older and has a lot of health problems, one of the most well-known car mechanic in Gorazde, Juso Velic, is happy to share a story that will be remembered for a long time.
He used to be recognized by “Black Woman”, which was the name of his famous mechanical workshop in the settlement of Vinarici in Gorazde or by the violin that he used to play. However, this craftsmen from Gorazde is well known for the mini power station that he made on the Drina River during the war. At a time when this city was in complete darkness, it represented the only light for his fellow citizens.
This smart mechanic made the mini hydroelectric power plant from car parts, washing machine and four barrels.
“We managed to transfer it to the bridge, and then we put it into the river. I know it did not work the first time because it was moving left and right. It was quite narrow and we put it back to the car, placed two more barrels on the side and then we returned it into the river again. Then we placed the voltmeter on the bridge. I remember the water was strong and it started the power plant. I will never forget that celebration. We got 400 volts and we could take the electricity to the kitchen, in the first aid station, even in a self-service where the youth used to gather,” recalled Juso.
His invention was all over the Drina River soon. Residents of the Drina River listened to his advice, and more than 300 power plants were on the river soon.
During the three-years long siege, residents of Gorazde were completely out of electricity, telecommunications and everything else that was necessary for life, and thus shelling was just part of their torture. The city on Drina River got the electricity back after the signing of the Dayton Peace Agreement, and small power plants that meant “light and life” during the war – slowly disappeared.
Juso also added that residents of Gorazde are smart and that younger generations should learn about their endeavours. He also said that the power plant does not represent only his work, but it is a symbol of the resistance of the people of Gorazde.
(Source: E. A./Klix.ba)