ArmInfo. "The construction industry in Armenia should not suffer because of weather conditions," Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan said at a government meeting on September 14.According to the prime minister, local authorities decide on the issue of permits or refusal to conduct construction work taking into account weather conditions. As a result, companies, particularly in public services, despite the need for construction work in the winter months, are often deprived of this opportunity, since the latter are usually denied permission. "The current situation is mainly due to the lack of clear criteria and regulatory requirements for construction work in accordance with weather conditions, as well as wide discretionary powers to issue permits," the prime minister said.
Proceeding from the above, Karen Karapetyan instructed the head of the State Committee for Urban Development under the Government Narek Sargsyan to approve the order of construction works within 40 days, depending on the weather conditions. Minister of Territorial Administration and Development David Lokyan, the head of the government instructed to study and if necessary also submit a draft regulatory act on construction works in order to exclude cases of refusal to issue permits to developers due to weather conditions.
"Recently we had a meeting with the leaders of infrastructures, which indicate that permits are not granted in the winter, the work is accumulating." In general, we have a stereotype that construction work can not be carried out in winter. "It is necessary to study the experience of the Nordic countries so as not to reduce the pace of construction, - Karen Karapetyan underlined.According to the National Statistical Service of Armenia, in January-July of 2017 the volume of construction amounted to 143.859.4 million drams in the country with a decline of 8.7%