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A great session on housing and communal services in Petrozavodsk

Victor Basargin and Sergey Katanandov

Victor Basargin and Sergey Katanandov

On February 5 Petrozavodsk has hosted the meeting on the Concept of the Complex Program of Housing and Communal Services Modernization and Reforming for the Period from 2010 throught to 2020 federal target program. The meeting was conducted by the Minister of Regional Development of the Russian Federation Victor Basargin who has come to Karelia. Assistant to the Plenipotentiary of the President of the Russian Federation in the NWFD Evgeny Lukianov, representatives of regional and municipal authorities of subjects of Northwest federal district have taken part in the meeting. Karelia was represented by the Head of the Republic of Karelia Sergey Katanandov, Chief Federal Inspector in the Republic of Karelia Alexander Hynninen, Prime Minister of the Government Pavel Chernov, deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation of Valentina Pivnenko, members of the Government, experts of the system of housing and communal services.

Victor Basargin

Victor Basargin

– When Russian people hear about reform of housing and communal services they automatically get holf of their pockets, – Victor Basargin said. – The new federal program of modernization and reforming of housing and communal services is directed on breaking this sad tradition, making this sphere of services transparent, clear, convenient for the population and paying for operators.

The meeting has been devoted to representation and discussion of substantive provisions of the state program united in the Concept. The main idea of this document and the basic idea of the Ministry of Regional Development in this sphere is that in the past years reforming of housing and communal services went, so to say, in a 'dotty' way – from a problem to a problem, from one object to another.

The session

The session

According to Victor Basargin, in practice it causes non-coordination of activities of various organizations. Three billion roubles a year today move in the housing and communal services of Russia. This is a huge money. However, hundred billions roubles annually ' are poured out in the sewage' due to the inefficiency of the system.

Today both federal, and regional authorities have realized, that the problem of housing and communal services is a complex problem demanding coordinated actions in territorial and municipal planning, power engineering, municipal services, construction and many other allied industries. Hence, the approach to reforming should be complex. This problem is solved by the new State Program of Modernization and Reforming of Housing and Communal Services. As the deputy director of the Department of Housing and Communal Services of the Ministry of Regional Development of Russia Lyudmila Solovieva has emphasized representing the Concept, when we adopt this program we come back to scheduled development of infrastructure of city territories well-forgotten from the Soviet times. During the meeting representatives of St.-Petersburg, Arkhangelsk and even the visitor from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky spoke about problematics of housing and communal services and the best practices in approaches to solution of problems.

In Victor Basargin's opinion, it was no mere chance that Karelia was chosen a venue of the All-Russian meeting. In our republic we have first-hand knowledge of problematics of housing and communal services. Severe winter has brought problems of heating of some settlements which also have been analysed during the visit of the Minister. Only 14% of rural settlements of the republic have waterpipe, more than one and a half thousand kilometers of water supply systems require replacement. Problems of the housing stock are known to everybody. Nevertheless, Victor Basargin has emphasized, that Karelia has gained positive experience of state-private partnership in the sphere of housing and communal services, and participants of the meeting have pointed out the weighed tariff policy pursued by authority of republic.

Making comments on the course of the meeting, Head of the Republic of Karelia Sergey Katanandov has told:

– It was a great honor for us to receive a meeting so representative, and we hope we'll benefit from it. The republic is ready to implement the State program of modernization and reforming of housing and communal services because for several now we have been working on it systematically building and reconstructing many important infrastructural objects. It bright illustration is new water treatment works in Petrozavodsk that will be commissioned soon.

Maxim Tikhonov
Press-secretary of the Head of the Republic of Karelia

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