15 October 2009, Thursday, 16:34

Murtaza Rakhimov: the density of road network in Bashkortostan exceeds all-Russian level

author: News-agency "Bashinform"

Solemn meeting, devoted to the Day of road economy workers is held in Bashkir State Academic Dramatic Theater by M. Gafuri. President of Bashkortostan Murtaza Rakhimov took the floor before the participants of the gathering. The text of his speech is given shortly below:

“Dear workers and veterans of road economy!

Traditionally we celebrate the Day of workers of road economy every third Sunday of October. Please, let me heartily congratulate you with this remarkable professional holiday!

Your celebrities are the noticeable event for the whole Republic and the results, achieved by you, are the good incentive for further progress in all branches of economics and social sphere. They favorably influence upon everyday life and prosperity of people. Thanks to your energy and diligence the cities and villages of Bashkortostan become more beautiful from year to year. Road economy plays an important role in the national economy of any country and its condition is one of the indicators of economic stability of the country and its citizens. Reliability and comfort for users, availability of any settlement and any out-of-town rest place contribute to the growth of people’s living standards. We all know that roads always bring new quality of life, create new workplaces, improve social conditions and raise the prosperity of thousands and thousands people. Roads create the sense of care and protection for everyone, who drive these roads and on the example of either America or European countries we see that good roads are the real national treasure and the most important indicator of the society’s prosperity.

It is good by the length of asphalted roads Bashkortostan is found in the Top 5 of Russian regions and the density of road network in our Republic exceeds the all-Russian level.

Republican road economy unites dozens large, medium and small organizations, occupied with designing, construction, reconstruction, repair and maintenance of our roads. About 8 thousand people work in this sphere.

The financial-economic crisis became a serious test for our road economy. The question of efficiency of the management system in organizations and at local enterprises becomes especially urgent and the margin of safety of the Republican road economy, laid in the previous years, plays important role in solution of new challenges.

First of all this is a powerful scientific, production and personnel’s potential and designing of non-standard constructions in building of bridges and roads, permanent renovation of the road machinery and introduction of new technologies are the striking illustration. All that favorably influence upon the reliability of the constructions, quality of road coating and increases the term of service of our roads.

At present time the necessary normative and lawful base is made in the Republic for successful development of road economy. We’ve passed the law “Highways and road activity in RB” and worked out the Republican goal-oriented program for development of our road network in 2010-2015.

Modern and meeting all technical parameters network of roads has to become the result of these documents. According to the indices, laid into the program the total length of the roads should be increased 160 kilometers, including the concrete-asphalted roads – 54 kilometers, by 2015. 56 Republican settlements, which haven’t the access to the asphalted highways before, will be connected with the main Republican road network. We also plant to erect more than 4 thousand running meters of bridges. The program also presumes the stage-by-stage increase of the volumes of road maintenance and repair up to 1700 kilometers per year. Sure, in order to make all these plans a reality we have to find additional resources and sources of financing and these means have to be found, including the off-budget funds. We intend to consider the variants with construction of turnpikes, using the mechanisms of concession, already used in the country in construction of wide-scaled road objects.

The achievements of our roadmen and bridge builders really impress for the last years and I am sure that your solidary collective of professionals will further successfully solve the responsible tasks on step-by-step development of the road branch and continuation of its good traditions!”