Experts of World Bank evaluated Russia quality by 14 points out of 15 in of construction control
World Bank experts also noted the efforts of Moscow to improve the process of connecting to utilities.
The results of the Doing Business annual World Bank ranking have become known today. In the direction of “Obtaining construction permits”, Russia climbed 67 positions in a year, ranking 48th among 190 countries assessed. This was announced by the head of the Department of Urban Development Policy of Moscow Sergey Levkin.
According to Lyovkin, in this area, experts evaluated the difficulty of obtaining building permits and the quality of control over the safety of buildings from design to operation. He highlighted the indicator “quality of construction control”, which was scored 14 points out of 15 possible on the basis of a survey of developers in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
“Improving the country’s position in the rating in the direction of” Obtaining construction permits “was possible due to the fact that World Bank experts this year took into account the reforms in the field of quality control and safety of construction, which were held in Moscow over the past few years,” explained Levkin. Such rapid growth is ensured by taking into account the optimization of quality inspections of construction work, depending on the risk category of the object under construction, as well as the introduction of modern instrumental methods to check the quality of work performed, including using non-destructive methods to assess the quality of hidden works, he added.
According to Levkin, a great deal of work has been done in terms of optimizing procedures in the urban planning sphere, reducing the time for applicants to obtain permits.
“By order of Sergei Sobyanin to reduce administrative pressure on business, the city government is actively introducing online services and electronic services in construction. We freed developers from the need to request documents that are available to government agencies, we opened to developers access to information about the conditions and restrictions on the use of the territory contained in state information systems, ”the Head of the Department emphasized.
The World Bank experts also took into account the reduction in the period for issuing building permits and putting the reference object into operation. “Etalon”, explained Levkin, is considered a warehouse building with an area of 1300 square meters on a land plot of about 1 hectare with connection to water supply and wastewater networks.
“According to the World Bank’s rating, compared to the previous year, the period for obtaining permits decreased by 44.5 days and amounted to 194.5 days, while the cost decreased by 0.2% and amounted to 1.3% of the project value. Changes to reduce the period for issuing permits were adopted as early as 2016, but are taken into account by World Bank experts only now”, said Sergey Levkin.
In addition, World Bank experts noted the efforts of Moscow to improve the process of connecting to utilities.
In 2017, Moscow initiated a pilot project to translate the services of resource-supplying organizations to connect to engineering networks into electronic form. St. Petersburg and the Moscow region were also included in the pilot project by federal decree.
The implementation of the experiment will allow developers in Moscow to send a single request for connection to the networks of electricity, gas, heat, water supply and drainage remotely through the Official Portal of the Mayor and the Government of Moscow, which is not the case in any other country in the world. This project will start in December 2018. It is expected that the positive effect of the reform on the transfer to the electronic form of services of resource-supplying organizations can be assessed by experts as early as next year.
Source: Moscow Maoyr official website