Ilsur Metshin holds a meeting of members of the Association of Volga Region Cities
The meeting of
the members of the Association of Volga Region Cities (AGP), dedicated to the
800th anniversary of Nizhny Novgorod, was held today by the Mayor of
Kazan, chair of the association, Ilsur Metshin. The participants discussed the
issues of creating a comfortable urban environment, industrial waste management,
and also proposed amendments to the federal legislation regulating the
treatment of stray animals.
“An integrated approach is used by the municipalities
for the improvement of yards and public spaces”
At the beginning of the meeting, Ilsur Metshin congratulated the mayor and
residents on the anniversary of Nizhny Novgorod. After that, the participants
proceeded to discuss the agenda, in particular, the issues of the development
of the urban environment. Igor Kulyazhev, deputy head of the Executive Committee,
reported on the experience of Kazan in this area. The heads of Samara, Saratov,
Cheboksary and Nizhny Novgorod also shared their experience.
“The improvement of cities, the creation of comfortable and safe conditions
for living and recreation of citizens, as well as new public spaces is one of
our main tasks, - said Ilsur Metshin. - Municipalities actively participate in
federal projects and regional programs, approve and implement their programs.”
Experts are involved in the development of urban improvement projects to control
compliance with all regulatory requirements at every stage of design, I.
Metshin added. At the same time, it is important to engage the population and
young people in this work, to interact with the business community, attracting
investments, the chair of the association believes.
Municipalities implement an integrated approach to the improvement of yards
and public spaces, I. Metshin noted. Thus, to ensure the comfort and safety of
citizens at public spaces, safe playgrounds and sports grounds are installed,
the parks are equipped with modern equipment, a round-the-clock video
surveillance system and provide access to wireless Internet.
“Preservation of the existing eco environment of the city, as well as the
development of green belt is very important,”- the Mayor of Kazan stressed.
“Conducting the Dog census as an experiment and sharing
our best practices”
The participants of the meeting also discussed the treatment of animals,
including stray ones, this issue is relevant for municipalities. Deputy Head of
the Executive Committee Iskander Giniyatullin shared experience of Kazan in
this area. In his speech, he noted that the issue of stray animals is one of
the priorities for the capital of Tatarstan.
The current federal legislation in this area is imperfect, the Mayor of
Kazan reminded. This year, the city together with the Kazan State Veterinary
Academy will conduct a so – called dog census, the Mayor noted. “We are
conducting this work as an experiment and based on its results we will share
our best practices on organizing the process,”- he said.
The control of stray animals is facilitated by the sterilization of stray
dogs. Since July of this year, free sterilization and vaccination of animals
has been carried out in Kazan at the mobile points at the urban settlements.
However, this is not enough to solve the problem, the chair of the AGP emphasized.
Among other things, it is necessary to make changes that will allow re-catching
of chipped animals for annual vaccination. “We consider it necessary to come up
with an initiative to introduce the proposed amendments to the federal legislation,”-
I. Metshin said.
The issue of introducing amendments to the federal legislation on waste
management was also discussed at the meeting– Igor Subbotin, deputy head of the
Perm administration, made a report on this topic.