Ilsur Metshin: “It is necessary to develop a federal target program for the modernization of utilities infrastructure”
Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Volga Federal District, described the
proposals on the development of a federal target program for the modernization
of utilities infrastructure and granting municipalities the right to establish
municipal enterprises with the function of managing apartment buildings substantive
and interesting. Ilsur Metshin, the Mayor of Kazan, chairman of the Association
of the Volga Region Cities (AVC) and head of the working group “Issues of
economic development and financial management of municipalities” of the
District Advisory Council for the Development of Local Self-Government, addressed
comfortable living conditions is one of the key goals for the region and the
city, said Igor Komarov, opening the meeting. In turn, the Mayor of Kazan said
that the implementation of programs aimed at creating a comfortable urban
environment continued in 2020, despite the challenges caused by the pandemic. “At
the same time, the issues of modernization of outdated and construction of new
facilities and systems of utilities infrastructure, attracting private
investment in the housing and utilities sector are well behind the demands of
the time,”- I. Metshin added.
The main challenge
of municipalities is the high level of wear and tear of facilities and systems
of utilities infrastructure.
significant problem is the underfunding of the industry – the amount of funds
required for the inventory and reconstruction of utility networks, according to
a preliminary estimate of the Russian Ministry of Construction, exceeds 4
trillion rubles. For example, to eliminate the general under-repair of resource
supply organizations in Kazan, more than 75 billion rubles are needed – almost
three annual budgets of the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan.
“It is necessary
to develop and approve a federal target program for the modernization of utilities
infrastructure, similar to the previously existing federal renovation program,”-
the Mayor of Kazan said.
I. Metshin also focused
on the issue of housing stock management. Presently, property management companies
are responsible for this, and the share of municipalities in the housing stock
in the whole country does not exceed 5%. At the same time, citizens often address
local self-government authorities with questions.
“Considering the lack of effective levers of
influence on private owners, we propose to provide citizens with an alternative
and give municipalities the right to establish municipal enterprises with the
function of property management for the apartment buildings,”- the Mayor said.