Session to discuss renovation of local roads
The local network of roads should be improved within
three-four years, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said at the government
session held on 5 April to discuss the development of local roads.
The head of state reminded that the decision to
hold this session which will focus on the topical issues of local roads
development was made at the ceremony to open the second Minsk ring road in 2016.
“This issue is of paramount importance,” the President said. The main objective
of the session was to reveal the main reasons for the unsatisfactory condition
of local roads and find solutions to pending issues. Within three-four years the
local road network should be improved. “By the end of 2020 we should complete
the renovation and maintenance of local roads,” the President said.
There are enough technologies for the
high-quality maintenance of roads in Belarus, the President stressed. “You
should bear in mind that we have agreed to build roads with concrete pavement.
If it is still relevant and beneficial today (at least no specialist has ever
told me that it is not), it means that we should build as many roads with
concrete pavement as possible. If it is impossible, use both asphalt and
concrete materials,” the head of state said. “I will stress once again: we have
enough technologies. You have four years to look for funds, develop a plan and
improve our roads using the allocated funds. Governors will monitor the progress
in this field.”
remarked that in the recent time Belarus has drawn much attention to the
development of the network of major national motorways. “This is natural. And
the problem of local roads has to a certain extent become of secondary
importance. As result, people began to complain about the condition of the road
network in regions. And their complaints are justified. According to various
estimates, from six to ten thousand kilometers of roads should be repaired
immediately. You should also remember that our people are not used to bad
roads,” the Belarusian leader stressed.
In his words, local authorities often complain about the lack of
funds. “In this context, I would like to warn you: there has always been a lack
of funds, even in Soviet times. Some time ago the government introduced a tax on
vehicles in addition to the funds provided from local budgets. Of course, more
funds are needed for the renovation and maintenance of local roads today,” the