ArmInfo. The heads of the governments of the Republic of Armenia and Artsakh Republic Karen Karapetyan and Araik Harutyunyan took part in the ceremony of laying the foundation of the plant for bottling water in Karavachar town of Shahumyan district of Nagorno-Karabakh on August 15.This was reported by the press service of the NKR executive body. As Araik Harutyunyan stated at the ceremony, the construction of the plant for production and bottling of water, oriented to export, is carried out at the expense of foreign investments. The project will have a significant impact on the socio- economic development of the region, since for the first time it will provide about 50 new jobs and stimulate the development of infrastructures of adjacent territories. "In this context, the government is ready to assist in the implementation of the project," said Araik Harutyunyan, without mentioning either the investor or the amount of investments.
The heads of government also got acquainted with the construction works on the motorway Vardenis (Armenia) - Martakert (NKR). The sides stressed the importance of the road, both in strategic and socio- economic aspects. They also visited the construction site of HPP Lev-1 on the Lev and Dzhermajur rivers on the Tartar River, got acquainted with the production capacities of power generation facilities. According to the head of the Artsakh Cabinet of Ministers, thanks to the construction of various hydroelectric power stations, the republic became energetically self-sufficient.
It should be noted that the construction of the Vardenis (Armenia) - Martakert (NKR) motorway with the length of 116 kilometers as a strategic program approved by the Board of Trustees of the Hayastan Fund will provide an alternative link between Armenia and the NKR. The new road will not only activate the lives of 22 small and large communities along the route, but also contribute to the development of tourism and the economy of the two countries as a whole.
Earlier it was reported that the approximate cost of the road reconstruction project is $ 30 million. According to the data of the Ministry of Economy of Artsakh, in the first half of the year in 2017 electricity production in the country increased by 16.6 million kWh, or 9.87%, to 184.9 million kWh, compared to the same period last year. To date, 16 hydropower plants operate in Artsakh, including the Sarsang hydroelectric power station with an installed capacity of 50 MW, and 15 small hydropower plants with a total capacity of 56.4 MW. Only in 2017 two small hydropower stations - "Dzhermajur" (10.3 MW) and "Viking" (1.8 MW) were put into operation. At this stage, another 9 small hydropower plants are being constructed, the total annual electricity production will be about 263.02 kWh.