MINSK, 6 May (BelTA) – We must find the final solutions to a number of unfinished construction projects and frozen facilities in Minsk downtown, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he heard out a report on the development of the capital city, BelTA has learned.
Among such unfinished construction projects Aleksandr Lukashenko mentioned the Gazprom Center on the site of the former Moskovsky bus station. "What is that eyesore? This is a Gazprom facility. What's the situation there? Is there still no progress... Although, as I was informed, they pay huge penalties. But it's not about penalties. It is about a fenced construction site in the center of Minsk, along the main avenue," the head of state stressed.
Another delayed construction project is the multifunctional hotel and business complex "Magnet Minsk". The project is being implemented by the Iranian company Kayson. "It's a long-dragging issue. Here are such projects," the Belarusian leader said.
Aleksandr Lukashenko also mentioned the Shanter Hill hotel and business complex on Pobediteley Avenue. "True, the construction has been completed. It stands there, a neat building," the head of state said.
The construction of the complex began in 2016 with the participation of a Chinese company as a general contractor. Currently, the customer for the project is the Belarusian company Navanep, with Interservis before it.
"What are we going to do with this facility? In a word, we need to make decisions," the president said.
Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed that it is unacceptable to have such long-term construction and frozen projects in the center of Minsk and urged to quickly find a solution: "They need to make decisions fast or we will transfer these assets into state ownership as we did with many facilities that stood unfinished or frozen. We cannot allow such eyesores in the city center.”
The head of state noted that Vladimir Kukharev has been the mayor of Minsk for two years, but it feels like he has been in position for five years. "Therefore, it is time to compare notes and discuss the problems of the city today," the president said.