Belarus annually allocates 70% of funds necessary for road maintenance

Belarus annually allocates 70% of funds necessary for road maintenance

Belarus annually allocates 70% of the funds necessary for road maintenance. On January 15 Prime Minister of Belarus Sergei Sidorsky will chair a session dedicated to this and other problems of the road industry of the country. The session will also focus on the course of implementing the programme “Roads of Belarus” for 2006-2015 and the development of motorway service.

Over the past two years the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Belarus and the oblast executive committees have managed to ensure high-level maintenance of 82.9 thousand kilometres of motorways. At the same time the tasks regarding the construction, reconstruction, thorough repairs and servicing of motorways stipulated in the programme “Roads of Belarus” have not been fulfilled. In 2006-2007 some 274 kilometres of motorways were built or reconstructed in Belarus (44% of the task). Some 1385 kilometres of motorways were thoroughly repaired.

According to the Ministry of Transport and Communications, in 2006 some Br1.5 trillion was given to the road industry of Belarus (90.6% of the task). In 2007 – Br1.6 trillion including a Br117 billion loan (70%). In 2008 more than Br1.7 trillion including a Br318 billion loan will be injected in the industry or 64.1% of the funds stipulated in the programme.

The programme provides for financing operations aimed at improving motorways, which are part of the international transport corridors. Some Br353.8 billion has been allocated for this purpose. As of January 1, 2008 the length of motorways, which are part of the international transport corridors, was 808 kilometres.

In 2008 Belarus will funnel Br1.258 trillion into roadway maintenance works or 56.8% of the funds secured in the programme “Roads of Belarus”. More than 3.2 thousand kilometres of public, 1.4 thousand kilometres of republican and 1.8 thousand kilometres of local roads will be repaired within the framework of the programme.

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