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Igor Levitin has submitted hooter

the Regional administration actively lobbying at federal level the civil-engineering design of a trunk-railway of Belkomur, has unexpectedly received the powerful ally in the government of the Russian Federation. Past Friday in Ekaterinburg the head of Ministry of Transport Igor Levitin has declared desire to include Belkomur in the federal target program “ Modernization of system of Russia “. Earlier project resuscitation braked “ the Russian railways “ (Russian Railway) which are not interested in occurrence of an alternative way to Arkhangelsk. Statements of the minister have not convinced railwaymen, but have installed optimism in the regional authorities. They count that in case of project inclusion in the program, Belkomur will receive not less than 40 % of means for the building (the total cost of the project is estimated in 50 mlrd roubles. - „“). The civil-engineering design of a highway of Belkomur has met with approval of Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation. It was declared past Friday by the head of department Igor Levitin who was on a visit in Ekaterinburg where he met the Ural plenipotentiary Peter Latyshev. “ we have decided to put in the federal target program „Modernization of transport system of Russia“ road building under the project of Belkomur “ - the minister has declared. “ it (“Belkomur“. - „“) allows to carry out the shortest exit of regions of Ural Mountains and Siberia to Arkhangelsk and other ports Severo - the West bypassing the centre of Russia, considerably having reduced a transport shoulder. Transportation of raw materials from Komi towards Ural Mountains will be reduced to 365 km, to Arkhangelsk - on 400 km “ - mister Levitin has explained. He also has addressed to mister Latyshev with the request to render to Ministry of Transport assistance in assignment for building of a highway from the federal budget.

the Civil-engineering design of a trunk-railway of Belkomur connecting Arkhangelsk, Syktyvkar, Kudymkar and Perm, has been conceived in 1996. As initiators of the project three subjects of the Russian Federation act: Republic Komi, the Arkhangelsk region and the Perm edge. It was supposed that the highway will give the chance to regions of Siberia and Ural Mountains to leave to ports of Arkhangelsk, Murmansk and ports of Finland on the shortest way. Under the project the way from Perm to Arkhangelsk will be reduced to 800 km. For project realisation Open Society " has been created; Inter-regional joint-stock company “Αελκξμσπ“ “ as which founders the authorities of interested regions and the government of the Russian Federation have acted. Extent of a highway should make 1,3 thousand in km, from them of 391 km will pass on territory of the Perm edge. From the building beginning on a highway as a whole it is executed works for the sum of 237 million roubles or more 2 % of budget cost of northern site, 30 km of road are constructed. Building cost in the present prices - nearby 50 mlrd roubles. we Will remind, road building has been frozen in 2002 from - for shortages of budgetary funds. In the summer of 2006 the management of the Perm edge and Republic Komi have made decision to reanimate the project. Then the authorities have considered some variants of its realisation and have stopped on attraction of federal funds. For this purpose support was necessary for them from the Russian Railway. However railwaymen have concerned resuscitation of Belkomura negatively, first of all from - that the alternative way to Arkhangelsk can deprive of goods traffics already existing highway on severo - the West of Russia.

to the authorities of the Perm edge which act as initiators of building of a highway, support of Ministry of Transport has added optimism. As has noted the high-ranking source „“ in administration, officials are going to carry on negotiations with Ministry of Transport and to help department to prepare documents for entering of Belkomura into the federal program. According to the interlocutor „“, in case of inclusion in the program of Belkomura, the project can receive from the federal budget of means not less than 40 % from its cost. The authorities of Prikamye expect to enclose in the project of 10 % from its cost.

it is necessary to notice that after statements of mister Levitina, the statement of railwaymen became more reserved. “ this right of Ministry of Transport to support this project. Earlier Ministry of Transport had a position similar to the Russian Railway. But, probably, the authorities of the Perm edge have inclined federal department on the party “ - has noted the deputy chief a press - services SvZhD Yury Kiselyov. He also has noticed that while on - former Belkomur are not ready to support the Russian Railway and to enclose own means in its building. According to SvZhD, the president of the Russian Railway Vladimir Yakunin now is in business trip and its reaction to words of mister Levitina is unknown.

in the meantime, according to a source „“ in the edge government, the provincial authorities at realisation of Belkomura count on investments large business - structures. In particular, officials intend to involve in the project prikamskie industrial complexes “ Silvinit “ “ Uralkaly “ “ metafraks “ “ Solikamskbumprom “. However, the general director “ Silvinita “ Peter Kondrashev has denied yesterday interest of the company to the project. “ it is communication with Arkhangelsk, and to us it what for? “ - mister Kondrashev has declared. As he said, Belkomur gives shorter access to such deep-water ports, as Arkhangelsk, however at “ Silvinita “ while there is no in it a severe need.

the edge authorities count that highway building will begin in 2008. Term of realisation of the project will make about 6 years, and a time of recovery of outlay - at level of 9 years. Therefore doubts of investors are quite clear, the interlocutor „“ in krajadministratsii considers. “ Nobody can give guarantees, whether something will change for 15 years during which the enclosed investments will not make profit “ - he has declared.
Irina Peljavina