Moscow to facilitate connection of new buildings to utility networks
The city authorities schedule to routinize a number of procedures of obtaining urban planning documentation. This plan was voiced by the Deputy Mayor for urban policy and the construction Marat Khusnullin at the conference “Development: points of change – 2016”.
“We are currently working on facilitation of procedures related to connection the newly constructed objects to utility networks. At the end of March, 2016, Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin has signed a decree according to which the development plan of a land plot (GPZU) will include information on underground communications, as well as technical conditions for connection to water supply and sewage networks. This greatly facilitates obtaining urban planning documentation and accelerates the pace of construction,” said Marat Khusnullin.
The Head of the Construction Complex underlined that the work on routinizing connection to utility networks is ongoing.
“Perhaps, till the end of the year we expand GPZU by adding technical conditions for connecting to other kinds of networks. It is a serious work that is directly related to the preparation of the Consolidated plan of urban utility networks,” said the Deputy Mayor.
Marat Khusnullin recalled that the Construction Complex has been working on reduction and facilitation of administrative procedures since 2012.
“One of our major achievements is that Moscow was the first in Russia to convert key state construction services to electronic format. Currently, 12 out of the 14 state services are provided via the Internet. According to estimates of subject-related ranking of the World Bank team, we have improved our positions. For example, “Obtaining a construction permit” indicator has boosted up by 2.5 times in the past few years. That means an investor passes through all necessary procedures 2.5 faster,” said the Head of the Construction Complex.
It should be recalled that according to World Bank estimates, in 2006, developers had to pass through 49 procedures, spending 629 days and 11.8% of the total project cost on them. By 2016, these figures amounted to 19 procedures, 244 days and 1.7% respectively. For certain construction projects relating to the category of low-risk objects, they are even less: 9 procedures, 99 days and 0.9% of the project cost respectively.