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09 September 2022, 12:25

Lukashenko wants housing construction timber prices reduced faster

Aleksandr Lukashenko
Aleksandr Lukashenko

MINSK, 9 September (BelTA) – It is necessary to act faster to reduce prices for wood intended for housing construction. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko gave the relevant instructions at a meeting with top officials of the Council of Ministers, BelTA has learned.

During the government conference Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that the relevant officials do not always promptly act upon the president's instructions. As an example he referred to his recent proposal on working out measures to make wood for housing construction cheaper. The head of state mentioned it had to be done as he visited Grodno District on 18 August.

Aleksandr Lukashenko pointed out that a lot of timber goes to waste in Belarus, the trees are not removed and processed promptly. “And getting [timber] at the beginning of the year for housing construction, for making windows, doors, floor boards, and other things is a catastrophe. The prices are exorbitant. I mentioned it and raised the issue with the government. There is only silence one month later. Right now I want not only proposals on my desk. I wish oblast governors acted already,” he stressed.

According to the president, the possibility of using wood to build homes will allow young specialists to settle down in the countryside. “Let's start with specialists in the countryside. Let's build homes. We have entire lines that can make a house within 24 hours. Workers can bring it and place it on a foundation. Give it to large families. We will single out people and arrange things in a way to prevent them from reselling the house if they get this timber for free or for half the price,” he said.

“I am just giving you an example: when the president comes up with an idea and it needs to be realized fast, there is silence,” the head of state added.

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