Krasnodar, 6 November – Yug Times. Vladimir Runov, the elder of the Kuban journalism, recounts about the tasks the city of Krasnodar is facing now as it has officially been announced a city with over a million inhabitants.
“I have lived in Krasnodar for nearly all my life, and about five times or so I was enrolled to the discussion of the general plan of town development. This is why I know at first hand the problems of the city.
“The main problem is a very fast growth of its population – the Kuban capital proved not prepared to it.“There is no doubt that the millionth inhabitant of Krasnodar was not born in the city. Annually, dozens of thousands of new settlers arrive at the city. Now it looks more noticeable, but this has always been a trend of Krasnodar.
“Regretfully, the city experiences a never-ending construction chaos, and we should not blame the constructors for that. Their only aim is to get profits. Thus it’s the municipal officials that are responsible for issuing construction permits whom we should ask these questions.
“One must not forget that the city is not just the residence of a million people; it’s the residence of every concrete person. The municipality must grow and develop harmoniously.
“Our Krasnodar has grown abruptly – but it hasn’t got any development. What can we see here? Featureless blocks that make narrow streets even narrower, no parking space, no kindergartens, no hospitals –
“There are lots of problems in the city, and their number is growing. The most painful ones are the system of water supply, sewerage and water treatment. Look at the Kuban River – it has turned into a gutter! “So the fact that Krasnodar has become a city with a million dwellers is not only a joy but also a huge responsibility. We must put the interests of the city before all – public officials as well as entrepreneurs.”
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