Digitalization helped construction industry survive pandemic


The transition to remote work and the minimization of losses for the construction business were made possible thanks to the established digitalization, which is consistently introduced in Moscow in the areas of obtaining public services and remote consultations, said Lyubov Tsvetkova, chairman of the board of the Moscow Investors Association.

“Now almost all services, starting with GROM and ending with permission to put the object into operation and putting on cadastral registration, in Moscow can be obtained in electronic format. Much is being decided at the level of interagency cooperation, that is, various departments do not exchange data without the participation of the applicant. So we can safely say that the infrastructure of the capital’s Construction Complex was completely ready to work online”, – said Tsvetkova.

The chairman of the board of the Moscow Investors Association added that the video format of interaction, including the provision of remote consultations, could expand and strengthen opportunities for participants in the construction market.

“I note that the role of preliminary consultations with experts is important for some services, this saves the developer’s time, reduces the risk of suspension or refusal of the service. I would like these consultations to resume. Also, the time of the pandemic showed the effectiveness of video communication. It would be useful if the authorities were able to advise in this way”, – Lyubov Tsvetkova believes.

The expert also added that in Moscow digitalization is proceeding at an active pace in many areas of construction activity.

“In my opinion, the experience of working during the pandemic will be a good case for the further development of online opportunities for developers. Perhaps this will even accelerate some processes for introducing innovations to increase efficiency and speed of work even in remote business”, – Tsvetkova concluded.

Recall that to support the construction industry, a number of decisions were made, including the automatic extension of permits for one year from the date of its expiration, some important procedures for certification and expertise were transferred to the remote mode, as well as a situation center for helping developers and the possibility of using an electronic signature for concluding transactions was determined.

On Friday, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin announced a 30% reduction in the number of mandatory construction requirements from August 1. Now the structures at the stage of design and construction are subject to more than 10,000 mandatory requirements. After the entry into force of the decree, their number will decrease by almost 3,000 units.

Source: Moscow Construction Complex

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