Krasnodar, 18 March.
Our today’s interviewee is Anatoli Voronovsky, Vice Governor of Krasnodar krai.
Q.: Road construction has been a dynamic sector in Krasnodar krai over the past few years. What was the cause of its revival?
A.: It was the new policy of the regional leadership. Without traffic arteries, no economic development can be possible whatsoever. Nor can the main governmental task – the social one – be fulfilled: comfortable accommodation, schools, hospitals, outpatients’ and sports facilities, housing conditions and parks and public gardens. The financial coverage of the road sector grew threefold over the past five years, and reached 37.7 billion roubles. Now all kin
ds of roads – federal, regional and municipal – are being built and repaired in Krasnodar, Sochi, Novorossiysk, and small towns and villages.
Q.: What are the road construction plans for this year?
A.: In 2019, the construction of a detour of Leningradskaya began. This year, it will be the turn of Timeshevsk, and of the Krasnodar – Yeisk motor road from the border between Dinskoi and Timashevsk rayons to Medvedkovskaya – it will become a four-lane highway. Besides, in the framework of formation of remote approaches to the Kerch Bridge, nearly 120 km of the new highway Krasnodar – Slaviansk-on-Kuban – Temriuk – Kerch will be built. Another project provides for the construction of road junctions at the M-4 Don highway along the sector from Krasnodar to Novorossiysk. Altogether, over 30 objects will be built or reconstructed in Krasnodar krai.
Q.: Why are road works in the Kuban region performed by construction companies from other regions? Why do such billions worth orders miss local companies?
A.: It is necessary to understand: it cannot happen that somebody personally gives a building contract to somebody else – because everything is decided at biddings. To become the winner, a company must bid the lowest price. The federal law No. 44 completely excludes anybody’s wilful influence: all biddings are held anonymously at electronic bidding platforms. Neither can I control the outcome of these tenders. What I can do is only coordinate the activity of the industries I am responsible for.
Q.: Most of all, our people complain about the housing and utilities sector. What is the situation in Krasnodar krai compared with other Russian regions?
A.: Over the past five years, natural gas supply grew by 9% and reached 83.2% in 2019, compared with 68.7% nationwide. Out of the 1,762 Kuban settlements, 1,170 have been supplied with pipeline gas. As for water, 94.5% of the population are provided with high-quality water from the centralised system of cold water supply. As for electricity – did you notice that the socalled ‘rotating outages’ have stopped? We have fully ensured our demand in electric power; what is more, now we are helping Crimea with electricity.
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