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The city authorities intend to continue the work on reducing administrative barriers in construction sector, although in recent years much has been done in this field. This was voiced by the Deputy Mayor for urban policy and construction Marat Khusnullin on the forum “Development: change points of 2016”. According to him, over the past few years the number of approvals for developers was significantly reduced, and the vast majority of the procedures for obtaining approvals were converted to electronic format.
“Today, developers do not need to visit officials with loads of paperwork, said Khusnullin. “If all the documents are fine, they are submitted in electronic format for consideration and issuance of necessary permits. This is our greatest achievement in lowering administrative barriers. Due to this indicator we rate number one in Russia and one of the best performers among major cities of the world”.
Over the past three and a half years Moscow has canceled more than a dozen of approvals and permits, said the Deputy Mayor. The authorities focused on elimination of redundant procedures in order not to force investor to submit similar documents several times.
[citata id=762]This is confirmed by the World Bank’s evaluations in the Doing Business international ranking. It takes into account the ease of opening and doing a business in different countries due to a set of parameters. Russia traditionally resided at the end of the list due to the parameter of dealing with construction permits, but in recent years the situation has changed. The country has boosted up its figures by 37 positions achieving 119th place according to the recent data. The ranking is evaluated on the base of Moscow and St. Petersburg, that’s why the changes in these cities have improved performance of the whole country. “We set a task of further serious improvement of our position in the ranking so we will move on in this direction,” stressed Khusnullin.
One of the next steps is facilitation of the procedure for connecting new builds to utility networks. Developers traditionally complained on the fact that it takes a lot of time and requires many approvals. “Perhaps the connection of certain networks will be included in the procedure of obtaining the development plan of a land plot (GPZU),” said the Deputy Mayor.
Much effort has to be made to create geological and topographical survey – a unified electronic plan of Moscow underground communications. He is 80% ready for the territories in the old borders of the capital (inside MKAD), though there is no data for the newly annexed territories, so the task is to create it from scratch. “In fact Moscow comprises of two cities – the city we live in and the city underneath. Millions of people every day go down to travel by the metro and underground passages, in addition, there are tens of thousands of kilometers of various utility networks. This geological and topographical survey should become a kind of underground cadastre, which will contain all the necessary data. The survey already includes designed and built networks, although there are communications which were built, but not taken into account,” said Khusnullin.
The paper data on communications is now digitized and converted to electronic format. All interested parties will get access to the information – builders, designers and other specialists. The completion of the survey and creation of the e-plan of underground utilities will be made before the end of the year, said Khusnullin.