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Call for more funding for road construction, maintenance in Belarus

Society 25.03.2019 | 19:05
Andrei Rybak
Andrei Rybak

MINSK, 25 March (BelTA) – The problem of bad roads cannot be resolved by the redistribution of the available funds, BelTA learned from Andrei Rybak, Chairman of the Industry, Fuel and Energy Complex, Transport, and Communications Commission of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus.

The MP spoke in favor of increasing the size of the dedicated road construction and maintenance fund and increasing the fund's sources of revenue. Apart from that, it is necessary to work with municipal authorities in order to spend the available funds effectively.

In response to a reporter saying the quality of Belarusian roads gets worse every year, Andrei Rybak noted that other roads get better meanwhile. As an example he mentioned the P23 motorway, along which he travels to the home city of Soligorsk.

At present 50% of the money raised by taxing Belarusian motorists is spent on building, operating, and maintaining major motorways while another 50% is spent on municipal roads. The Belarusian parliament is now considering spending only 25% of the money collected with the road tax on major motorways.

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