Krasnodar, 16 July.
Our today’s interviewee is Yevgeni Pervyshov
, Krasnodar City Mayor.
Q.: The townspeople have split into two halves as for their attitude to the Seven Streets project. What is your opinion about it?
A.: Earlier, we had the same reaction to the project of turning Krasnaya Street into a pedestrian zone on weekends. After a long while, Krasnaya Street continues to live its own life as a beautiful and well-furnished part of the city. Development of the central part of the city is part of the overall development of the city of Krasnodar as a historical settlement. We are planning to form a ‘pedestrian skeleton’ of the city which will be included in the Seven Streets project. To do so, we are now working with the townsfolk and with the business sector.
Q.: Will the Mayor’s Office break contracts with unfair passenger carriers?
A.: Private carriers account for a little bit more than 100 vehicles, of which only 15% are equipped with air conditioners, which is why I believe we should give them time to upgrade their car fleet. Of course, we may break our contracts with them, but who would substitute them? I think the Tramway and Trolleybus Company will be able to do it in a while, bearing in mind their current development plan and the momentum they are gaining. Then, those private companies who have managed to upgrade their vehicles would remain – but those who would not survive in this live competition would have to leave the market of passenger services.
Q.: Which of the much-required development projects have not been implemented so far?
A.: First of all, it is the infrastructural projects. Say, the upgrading of stormwater sewerage and the construction of local treatment facilities are exclusively area of municipal responsibility. This situation may not be improved without direct governmental support. Another such issue is the social set which needs further development, though it does show positive dynamics. Despite the fact that over the past five years we built more schools and kindergartens than it had been built over the previous fifteen years, it is not enough.
Q.: What are your main achievements as Krasnodar Mayor? What have you not managed to achieve?
A.: It is a little bit too early to review my results, but I can say that lots of our projects either have been implemented or are being implemented. Another important achievement is that we have managed to change the format of relations between the authorities and the townspeople over the past five years. We showed how the Mayor’s Office should work – being open to people and ready to a dialogue with them. I would love to believe that we have managed to return the townsfolk’s trust in our work.
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