MINSK, 15 August (BelTA) – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko held a meeting to discuss troubled construction projects in Minsk as he visited the construction site of Minsk City Technopark on 15 August, BelTA has learned.
The head of state immediately outlined the main point of the discussion - urban infrastructure development in the capital city and the construction of new facilities in compliance with all standards and commitments. “There is no need to remind you that Minsk is our calling card, a lot is being done here in terms of landscaping and enhancing the comfort of people. This is acknowledged by visitors and Belarusians. Yet, how can neverending construction projects fit into such a concept of a beautiful and cozy city? This is the main issue that we must consider today,” Aleksandr Lukashenko emphasized.
In his words, some construction projects are dragging on for years. He cited the former facilities of Minsk Production Association of Computing Machinery (MPOVT) as a case in point. “It was not until the president's intervention that the facility at the exit from the city along Pobeditelei Avenue was finally completed. It is not the only unfortunate project. Let's take Gazprom's neverending construction project. The commissioning of the hotel opposite Minsk Arena has been delayed for so long. The construction of a parking lot and integrated premises in the residential building at 80 Nemanskaya are not completed, either. Gulliver Mall on Kalvariyskaya Street is a silent reproach to our mismanagement,” the president said. A similar situation is with the building near the circus in the most iconic place in Minsk.
“What do these examples suggest? They suggest that the level of mismanagement in the capital city is higher than anywhere else. There are enough crooks here, but the sluggishness of municipal officials is also a factor. And you, like no one else, should understand that this is not only a poster child of mismanagement. First of all, this is about uncreated jobs, unreceived taxes, frozen economic activity. This state of affairs is no good,” the president said.
“There is the mayor, the president's representatives and the president's aide for Minsk. It is time to take action, starting with Gazprom's projects and ending with housing construction,” the president said.
Aleksandr Lukashenko demanded a report on the state of things with the construction project at the site of the former MPOVT plant, development plans for the premises of OOO Minsk MotoVeloZavod, and ways to sort out issues with other neverending construction projects in the capital city.