Ilsur Metshin on the meeting with the journalists: “I live by the interests of our city and citizens”
The mayor of Kazan Ilsur Metshin met the media
representatives today. At the traditional New Year press conference, he
announced the results of 2019, told about future plans of Kazan in the year of
the 100th anniversary of the TASSR, answered sharp questions about the
protesting citizens and said why he loves his job.
“We are making improvements not only in the downtown,
but also at the suburbs”
Opening the meeting, Ilsur Metshin noted that the year
was productive. Among the significant results, the mayor noted the overhaul of
the housing resources. During the 11 years of the program's existence, 2717
houses were renovated, where live about 540 thousand residents. In addition,
today 246 yards have been repaired and almost all schools that are older than
30 years. This year, 18 kindergartens have undergone overhaul, and medical
institutions and cultural palaces are being actively repaired.
“We have reached records for the construction and
repair of roads. For Kazan to develop, it is necessary to spend more than 7
billion rubles. This year, 7.2 billion rubles were allocated for this purpose”,
- the head of the city summed up the work in the road industry.
Speaking about the improvement of public spaces, Ilsur
Metshin reminded that the work was completed as part of the renovation of the
Walk of Fame in Yudino, at the boulevard “White flowers”. “We continued to work
at lakes and forest of the park Lebyazhye. A lot of work is being done on the
improvement of the lake Kaban. But I am glad that we are making changes not
only in the downtown, but also at the suburbs – for example, in the park “Dubrava”.
We also renovated the lake Komsomolskoye, which is a favorite of the residents
of the Sovetsky district,” - the mayor reminded.
Plans for next
year: 100th anniversary of TASSR and New wave festival
Already this year, Kazan has begun preparations for
the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the TASSR. On the eve of a
significant date, the Zambezi river zoo opened its doors in a technical mode.
An important milestone of the year was the 45th world
championship in professional skills WorldSkills Kazan 2019 in Kazan. This event
caused a surge of interest in working professions, said the mayor.
Among the tasks for the coming year, I. Metshin mentioned
the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the TASSR and hosting of the
popular music festival “New wave” in August.
Citizens will be
able to enjoy new views of Kazanka
At the meeting, a question was raised regarding the
development of the site on Gavrilov street, at the bank of the Kazanka river.
I.Metshin explained that a new landscaped area is planned here, in which only a
smaller part of the area will be used for residential development. On the most
part, there will be kindergartens, a school, an embankment, a park and a
promenade. “Believe me, it will be a beautiful place where the residents of the
houses on Gavrilov street will be able to enjoy new views of Kazanka. According
to the new regulations of the General Plan, there will be a comprehensive
development of the territory”, - the mayor explained.
Media representatives were also interested in the
details of the demolition of landmark buildings for citizens. This year, a bath
building was demolished in Derbyshki. “Many years ago, we wanted to carry out overhaul
there, but, unfortunately, the building was completely rotted and could not be
repaired”, - said I.Metshin.
In particular, this event was the reason for the
rallies. The mayor of Kazan shared that he respects the point of view of the citizens,
because the way how people express their opinion show that they are not
indifferent to what is happening around them.
“I share concerns
of the activists and their desire to carefully study the process from the
When asked about the construction of a waste
incineration plant, I.Metshin reminded that it is planned as a part of the
national project “Clean environment”. “I share concerns of the activists and
their desire to carefully study the process from the inside”, - he said, adding
that an international examination will be carried out, the results of which
will be communicated to citizens.
“As they say in
sports- look at the scoreboard”
This year, Ilsur Metshin was elected the President of
the UN Advisory Committee of local governments. Journalists asked how the new
position will be useful for Kazan and what I.Metshin plans to do in the new
post. “This is the only platform at the UN that represents municipalities. For
me, this is an exchange of best practices, because each city is interesting and
has accumulated successes”, - he said.
I.Metshin was also asked how he assesses the living
standards in Kazan at the moment. “We do not award ourselves high titles. A
respected expert community has recognized us as the best city in Russia for the
living standards of the population, so, as they say in sports, “look at the
scoreboard”, – said the mayor, recalling the award of Kazan by the Financial
University under the government of the Russian Federation. – But this does not
mean that we have all the problems solved”.
have changed not only the city, but also the citizens
The mayor mentioned the issue of sports events when
answering a question from one of the journalists about the key events of the
decade. He stressed that the right to host the 2013 Universiade, received in
2009, determined the upcoming work. “The preparation, holding of events and their
legacy have changed not only the city and infrastructure, but also the citizens
and their living standards”, - he said.
I.Metshin also reminded that Kazan continues to bid
for the right to host the 2023 UEFA Cup. The decision will be made in March
“I want even
The mayor was asked to share why he loves his job. “I
love that my work is about a creation: construction of venues, improvement of
parks and squares. I live by the interests of our city and citizens, I want
even more changes, I try to learn in order to make Kazan the most comfortable,
the safest and the happiest. I have enough power and authority”, -the mayor replied.