ArmInfo.The leading Russian Metrogiprotrans company has won a tender announced by the Yerevan Municipality for the development of the Ajapnyak subway station in the same name administrative district of the Armenian capital. Mayor of Yerevan Hayk Marutyan and President of the Board of Directors of Metrogiprotrans Valeriy Abramson discussed issues of perspective development of the subway and design work.
As reported by the press service of the capital's administration, during the meeting, the Mayor of Yerevan stated that the public transport reforms are important for the city and they consist of several parts. "We are now very actively engaged in land transport, that is, replenishing the bus fleet. At the same time, we are also engaged in underground transport, that is, the subway, "he said.
Valery Abramson, President of the Board of Directors of Metrogiprotrans, Ph.D. in Economics, Honorary Builder of Russia, handed over to the Mayor the sketches of the project of the Ajapnyak station. According to him, Metrogiprotrans has also proposed to the Armenian government a project for the development of a subway worth $ 500 million. "The Russian Agency for Export Credit and Investment Insurance (EXIAR) is ready to support the program on favorable terms. With these funds, we will be able to modernize the infrastructure of the old subway, as well as plan those sections of the city towards which the stations can be expanded," Abramson said.
As Marutyan pointed out, the preliminary version of the project envisages the construction of a bridge across the Hrazdan (river, ed. note) only for the subway, while Metrogiprotrans also proposes to build a second level for cars or pedestrians. As the interlocutors pointed out, the construction of an underground subway station is preferable, since it is much more convenient for people using the subway and allows the development of various infrastructures.
According to the mayor of the capital, in order to start work, the project has to be financed within six months. And since the subway is state-owned and not communal, funding should come from the state, not from the community budget, Marutyan emphasized. "We all know that today there are quite serious problems in the country. I hope that these problems can be overcome in order to find funds for the subway," the mayor of Yerevan said.
Earlier it was reported that if the loan agreement with EXIAR is approved, construction work will last about 1.5 years. According to the city authorities' plan, the path to the new subway station with a length of 525 meters should pass through a tunnel, the construction of which began in Soviet times and remained unfinished. Then the Ajapnyak station remained unfinished, in the project its continuation from the Davitashen district on the north-western outskirts of the city. Earlier, Yerevan Mayor Hayk Marutyan stated that a new subway station in the capital's Ajapnyak district will be built with state funds and it will cost the treasury $ 35 million.
Metrogiprotrans, one of the largest design and survey organizations in Russia, was founded in 1933. The institute's architects created a unique and wonderful world of underground architecture. Metrogiprotrans has developed projects for the construction of all 300 km long lines of the Moscow Metro in operation with 171 stations, feasibility studies for the construction of the first metro lines operating in Russia and most of the CIS countries, as well as projects for the construction of many railways, road and hydraulic tunnels, urban underground transport intersections, industrial and public buildings and structures.