ArmInfo. Poorly executed work in the field of road construction will not be accepted, and on this issue there can be no compromise on quality standards. Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan announced this on September 20 at a meeting on programs in the sector of road construction.
According to him, quoted by the RA Government Press Service, the main goal of the meeting is to discuss the current situation in the field of road construction and upcoming tasks. "Under the North-South program, we have already made a corresponding statement, and now we need to understand what we have done and what remains to be done," Nikol Pashinyan emphasized.
Bagrat Badalyan, Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure, noted that construction and modernization of 164 km of roads was initially planned within the framework of budgetary financing of 33.9 billion drams. Subsequently, budgetary allocations were increased to 43.7 billion drams, for which road construction works are to be carried out on 330 km of roads. At present, 12.9 billion drams have been used; work on all road sections is going on in all directions. The contracts signed during the current year included 400 km of roads, of which at least 330 km will be completed this year, the rest will be carried over to next year, that is, the next year will begin with construction contracts of about 70 km. roads. 27 contractors are participating in the project, and the total value of contracts for 3 capital and medium repair and road construction programs is 29.5 billion drams, of which 5.4 billion drams were saved. This year, many contractors have acquired and continue to acquire new equipment, as well as a large number of equipment used also in the mining industry, which generally contributes to improving the quality of roads. The deputy minister noted that weather conditions are favorable for the work, and the planned volumes will be completed by the end of the year. Information was also provided on road construction activities carried out as part of subsidy programs.
The Prime Minister was also informed about the program for the construction of the North-South Road Program. It was noted that construction work on tranche-3 is currently underway - Talin-Lanjik and Lanjik- Gyumri sections, and work is already underway on sections of the road within the tranche -4 (Artashat- Agarak) and tranche-5 (Gyumri and Gyumri-Bavra bypass roads).