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04 January 2023, 10:43

Plans to finish all overdue construction projects in Belarus by end of five-year term

MINSK, 4 January (BelTA) – The Architecture and Construction Ministry intends to finish work on all the overdue construction projects by the end of the five-year term. Belarusian Architecture and Construction Minister Ruslan Parkhamovich made the statement on the air of the TV channel Belarus One, BelTA has learned.

As he heard out a report on the state of affairs in the civil engineering industry on 3 January, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko gave instructions to promptly address the problem of overdue construction projects. He promised serious accountability for slipups in this field.

Lukashenko urges to complete long-delayed construction projectsLukashenko urges to complete long-delayed construction projects
Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko set the task to complete promptly the long-delayed construction projects as he hosted a meeting on the state of affairs in the construction industry.

According to Ruslan Parkhamovich, there is only one way to resolve the situation: it is necessary to crank up the responsibility of the construction project customer, who fails to properly calculate the investment cycle and yet starts implementing the investment project. “I believe we should begin by preventing new overdue construction projects from appearing. We've prepared a special information resource – a unified registry of capital development objects – that will track every new project in the country while we will be able to see progress of each of them in real time,” the architecture and construction minister said.

In his words, the number of overdue construction projects in Belarus has been virtually halved. “We began with 4,465 overdue construction projects. As of 1 October 2022 the number shrank to 2,146. It may seem like a serious figure but it is necessary to attentively and carefully approach every project. We went along with this approach and now compile the relevant action plans together with the regions and industry regulators. Our main goal is for every object to make a certain contribution to the country's economy. Demolishing a building is the easiest way out but over Br6 billion in government money has been spent on these 2,146 objects. We cannot throw away this money now. Moreover, we cannot afford spending money on such objects,” Ruslan Parkhamovich.

According to the architecture and construction minister, all the plans will be implemented in the next few years. As many as 808 objects will return into the economic turnover in 2023 as part of the efforts to reduce the number of overdue construction projects. “By the end of the five-year term we intend to finish work on the properties in our registry while making sure new ones will not appear,” the official remarked.

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