Kazan’s transportation development strategy discussed at KSUAE

A roundtable on improving Kazan’s transportation system for the city development plan 2030 was held at Kazan State University of Architecture and Engineering (KSUAE).

Representatives of Metroelectrotrans, KSUAE, State Inspection for Road Traffic Safety, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, interested city residents attended to debate important issues on the transportation industry’s agenda for the next 15 years.

The subway received particular attention.

Deputy General Director for Investment Projects and Investor Relations of Kazmetstroy Irshat Minkin asserted a need for a federal special-purpose program to build subways in Russian regions.

He informed the assembled that the first stage of the Kazan subway is nearly constructed and that project documentation (by Tatinvestgrazhdanproekt) for a second stage is under coordination.

But there is no federal funding to complete the project.

Mr. Minkin stressed that the regions must not be left to fend for themselves when it comes to building subways. The USSR Ministry of Railways had paid for subways in Soviet times. 

He also said that to stop construction on the subway would mean to set the industry back by years.  

Even though a subway is extremely expensive to build, it is sine qua non for modern urban development.

“The President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov once recalled that he had argued against a subway in his days as a Minister of Finance. He admitted that he had been wrong, because the Universiade and the World Aquatic Championships would have been impossible to host in Kazan without a subway,” added Mr. Minkin.

Design of social and economic development program 2030 for Kazan began in February of 2016.

To date the first development stage has been prepared.

Picture by Salavat Kamaletdinov (www.tatar-inform.ru)