MINSK, 3 January (BelTA) – We need to develop the suburbs around the capital city, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed as he met with Chairman of the Minsk Oblast Executive Committee Aleksandr Turchin on 3 January, BelTA has learned.
Provision of land for housing construction was discussed during the meeting.
“We have made a decision to curtail construction programs in Minsk. We would not want to see Minsk overpopulated. Otherwise it will look like Moscow during rush hours, although there are already traffic jams in Minsk. We need to take into account Moscow's negative experience and develop suburbs around the Belarusian capital,” said Aleksandr Lukashenko.
The president noted that despite the decision to build less in the capital city, this does not mean that the construction programs will be suspended altogether. "The city still needs labor resources. After all, Minsk is a large industrial hub and the capital city. But we need to see to it that Minsk is not overstretched and does not turn inconvenient for residents," the head of state said.
According to Aleksandr Lukashenko, people began to actively buy land near the capital city. Land plots sell out quickly, but there are still some vacant ones, said the president. “We need to sell these land plots taking into account the needs of local people who have lived in these villages for decades, centuries,” he said.