I.Metshin on criticism by journalists: “For us, this is a cause to improve our work”
The results of the passing year for Kazan and plans
for 2021, international activities, holding major events, as well as issues of
transport development of the city were discussed today at the traditional
meeting of the Mayor of Kazan Ilsur Metshin with journalists on the New Year’s
At the beginning of the meeting, Ilsur Metshin spoke
about the results of the year. He noted that 2020 was completely different from
all previous years, it brought new challenges for the whole world.
“I would like to thank the federal and republican
governments for their timely support. Not a single program was waived, although
during the lockdown in the spring, there were thoughts to postpone the renovation
of the housing stock for the next year”, - the Mayor of Kazan said.
As a result, the territory of 460 houses was improved
in the Tatarstan capital during the year. Among the major projects of 2020,
which the head of the city noted, are the capital construction and repair of
roads, completion of the Great Kazan Ring road, the construction of the
Zarechnaya sewage station. In addition, the commissioning of the sludge dehumidification
plant is being completed. This year, the improvement of public spaces also
continued. The renovation of youth clubs, summer camps, and cultural centers
continued, three large schools and nine kindergartens were built. “All these
programs, like an anti - crisis pill, allowed us to develop antibodies in the
economy”, - I.Metshin emphasized.
The Mayor assured that work would continue on all
designated programs. Among the new tasks, the Mayor highlighted a
one-hundred-percent digitalization of all municipal services. To date, half of
municipal services have been transferred to electronic form. “But when we fully
digitize everything, people will no longer need to stand in queues. This
includes the speed and quality of decisions, and the fight against corruption.
We hope that next year will be the year of digital breakthrough in Kazan”, -
the Kazan Mayor said.
The Mayor also answered questions about the complex
development of territories, the development of public
transport, international activities, school meals, optimization of budget
expenditures, his readiness to participate in direct elections of the Mayor in
Kazan, the construction of a plant for thermal waste utilization and self-taxation.
The issues of organizing events on the occasion of the Year of Native Languages
and National Unity, the construction of the Great Kazan Ring road and others
were also discussed on the meeting.
“I want to
thank colleagues for the past year, for our creative and well-coordinated work,
for your love for Kazan, for professional coverage of events, for your timely
and fair criticism. It is not always pleasant, but it is always fair. For us,
this is an occasion to improve our work”, - the Mayor summed up the meeting.