Krasnodar, 21 January. Our today’s interviewee is Yevgeni Pervyshov, Krasnodar City Mayor.
Q.: Upon the adoption of the City General Plan, many dwellers found themselves in a threatening situation: the status of their land plots had changed, and in some cases even a new road had been planned to be built over them. Has the city authority’s attitude changed regarding such cases since then?
A.: The General Plan was adopted, and it came into effect. It had been developed by a leading [research] institute dealing with territorial development. The document had been approved by all ministries and departments – both in Moscow and in Krasnodar. But, nonetheless, certain encumbrances appeared in connection with it. The issue [you raised] is a vexed point, but the Plan is a document of long-term territorial planning, saying how the city should be developing to become a convenient and comfortable place for everyone – now and in future. I am aware about pleas to correct the plans with regard to various land parcels and property owners that became subject to encumbrances. We shall see how the judicial practice will go on. At this point, we cannot enter any changes administratively – the [General Plan] has been adopted by [local] deputies.
Q.: What improvements did you achieve on vehicular traffic in the city?
A.: One of our main victories will be a new tramline along Moskovskaya Street. It will be the first construction of tram rails over the past twenty years. Another important change for the city’s transport network may be the project of bus-only lanes. At the moment, it is still in the pipeline. We understand that it may give a serious effect for the development of public transport, because the availability of bus lanes would make the route more efficient – daily time economy may be as big as 70 minutes. It will enable the public transport to make more trips and consequently carry more passengers.
Q.: And what are the major projects to be implemented for pedestrians?
A.: Gradually, we are constructing bike lanes – however, they are not a united network so far, but test sectors dedicated to bikers along the existing motor roads. Our roads are narrow, which is why it would not be so easy to build up a network of bike lanes within the existing road system. At the same time, we did approve some of the projects, and they have been implemented in the city. The construction of the main walking pedestrian zone with bike paths along Kubanskaya Embankment that will join the Rozhdestvensky Park with the park on Zaton, is one of our strategic priorities. Krasnaya Streets, which turns into a pedestrian area on weekends, will also be open for cyclists on those days.
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