ArmInfo.7.4 billion drams from an additional 62 billion drams of tax revenues will be additionally allocated to the implementation of programs in the field of road construction in Armenia. The decision was taken at the May 23 meeting of the RA government. Presenting the project, Minister of Transport, Communication and Information Technologies of the Republic of Armenia Hakob Arshakyan noted that financial resources will be raised from additional tax revenues.
The program provides for the repair of state roads requiring urgent repairs. Of this amount, 2.5 billion drams will be directed to the repair and construction of roads, and 4.8 billion drams - to their maintenance and operation. In total, 12 sections of the road with a total length of 79 km are to be repaired, of which 28 km is thorough. Within 30 days of the entry into force of the decision, the Ministry will submit a full list of roads. In some areas, work began on May 15, in others they start from June 15.
In turn, Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan reminded that within the framework of the already approved programs, 320 km of interstate and republican roads will be repaired. For these purposes, the state budget of the country allocated 16.6 billion drams. In this case, as the Deputy Prime Minister noted, we are not talking about the North-South road and joint subvention programs with the country's communities totaling about 10 billion drams.
Earlier, Hakob Arshakyan noted that in the next few years the roads in Armenia will be brought to a normal state. According to the calculations presented in 2015 by the Asian Development Bank require annually about 20 billion drams for the entire road network of Armenia to be repaired and maintained at the proper level. "We should get closer to this indicator. Nevertheless, the main focus should be on turning Armenia into a transit zone towards Georgia and Iran. And this year we will allocate more than 15 billion drams to road construction," the minister noted. According to him, repair work of the M6 motorway connecting Vanadzor with the Georgian border will be completed next year. "Next year we will have a high-quality road leading from Yerevan to the border of Armenia," the Minister of Transport promised.
In January of this year, it became known that the European Union and the World Bank until 2030 will provide Armenia with 732 million euros, which will be almost entirely directed to the repair and construction of roads stretching from the Armenian-Iranian to the Armenian-Georgian border. Under the TEN-T program, the European Union and the World Bank are planning to invest 12.8 billion euros by 2030 in a number of large-scale infrastructure projects in the six countries participating in the Eastern Partnership program (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine). The funds will be directed to the modernization of roads and railways, airports, seaports and border points. According to Hakob Arshakyan, within the framework of this program, funding is being negotiated in the amount of $ 350 million, which will be used to build a 60-kilometer stretch of Sisian-Kajaran road, after which it will be possible to get from Yerevan to Meghri 2 hours faster. According to the minister, after reaching an agreement on financing, this road can be built in two years. "By building a single tunnel of 8.7 kilometers and three bridges, we can shorten the time to travel along this stretch by 2 hours, as well as improve safety, since this is a mountainous section, and because of the relief, traffic slows down, and there are serious seasonal problems, "explained Arshakyan. The head of the Ministry of Transport also touched the North-South highway, which is under construction since September 2012, with the goal of building which the former governments of Armenia, as was announced today, attracted about $ 550 million of loans. It was planned that the construction of the Talin-Gyumri section of this road would be completed in July of this year, but the construction was delayed, and the new deadline is not yet known.