Underground network map is almost ready
A conference “Development: change points of 2016” was held on April 20 in Moscow. It was attended by the Deputy Mayor of Moscow for urban policy and construction Marat Khusnullin and leading experts in the field of construction.
The key topic of discussion were the questions of lowering administrative barriers for developers, role of government in business communities, relations of developers with regulatory authorities and banks.
– 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, said Marat Khusnullin. – The work to create a unified electronic plan of Moscow underground communications is under way. In Moscow it covers 80% of facilities, though there is no data for the newly annexed territories.
Despite high rates of construction in Moscow, the city faces problems. Nowadays the city authorities decide the fate of the state contract (10 billion rubles) with the “SU-155”. “The procedure of termination of contract will take 3-10 months, so now we are deciding what is better: to terminate the contract or to continue the cooperation,” explained the Deputy Mayor.
The main difficulty today, as noted by Marat Khusnullin, is releasing of land plots filled with legal and illegal objects. Preparing buildings for demolition is very energy consuming and takes time, even more than the construction itself.
– Plans for construction of the metro this year are very tight, we will complete more than 20 kilometers of new lines, about 10-12 stations and three depots, – the Deputy Mayor voiced the figures. – In addition, we create backlogs for 2017-2019 years: we have made the conceptual decision to extend the line from Salaryevo, we are designing and building the Third Interchange Circuit (Second Circle line). Designing and constructing new stations we design splits for future lines: for example, on the Ulitsa Novatorov we plan the line to Kommunarka, another line is planned in the area of South Port connecting it to Biryulevo.
The expert stressed that due to the pace of the metro construction the Russian capital is a world leader, the only rivals in this field are Chinese cities. Economic difficulties in Moscow did not affect the pace of development, on the contrary, it is only speeding up, workers are busy day and night, the area next to construction sites is equipping with modern amenities … Even major countries cannot boast such an organized system.
– The Moscow Ring Railway today is the largest project in the world, – noted Marat Khusnullin. –This year we plan to launch passenger service, today, the project is ready by more than 80%, and we hope that the Moscow Ring Railway will be the most beautiful and modern above ground subway in the world. Today, more than ten thousand people work round the clock on various sites of this project .
– This is based on the fact that today regional leaders have a clear understanding that construction industry is an engine for the economy, it creates new jobs, – he said. – Now we do not receive any serious claims from developers.
Today there is every reason to believe that administrative barriers will be lowered to the maximum, developers and builders will find a common language, and the government and businessmen will be able to cooperate on more productive basis.