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20 Dec 2018

Lukashenko urges to formalize plans to develop suburban territories near Minsk

Lukashenko urges to formalize plans to develop suburban territories near Minsk

MINSK, 20 December (BelTA) - It is essential to prepare and formalize the plans to develop suburban territories near Minsk, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said at the meeting with Minsk authorities on 20 December, BelTA informs.

“Capital cities are often located inside of central regions. Therefore, they are limited in territorial growth. The authorities of Minsk Oblast and the city should prepare and formalize the plans to develop suburban territories in coordination with the government. It is essential to determine the functionality of the territories taking into account their zonation peculiarities and the intensity of use,” the head of state said.

According to Alexander Lukashenko, it is essential to harmonize the development plans of the two administrative units. “I would say that there is too much scrappiness and chaos in this area,” he remarked.

“Speaking about the economy, I usually use the term ‘progressive development’. Just like in sport, if you are running slower than the rest of the field, you are lagging behind. This approach can be also applied to the development of Minsk in comparison with other big cities in the world,” the Belarusian leader said.

He mentioned a special status of the city of Minsk which is a political, economic, cultural center of the country, a major transport hub. One fifth of Belarus’ population, or nearly 2 million people, live in Minsk. As far as the main social and economic indicators are concerned, Minsk accounts for 20% of the gross domestic products and 80% of foreign direct investments in the country. “Up to the middle of 2000s we restoring the city after the collapse of the USSR, but then Minsk found its trajectory of development,” the head of state remarked. “Since 2006, the population of Minsk has been increasing by 16,000-17,000 every year. Now the population of the city has almost reached a reasonable number. I have spoken about it several times. And the statement was clear: it is enough, Minsk’s population cannot increase so quickly.”

The president said that certain buildings and facilities have seriously changed the outlook of the city. Two world-class sports venues, the National Olympic Stadium Dinamo, new metro stations, 14 modern hotels and trade centers were erected. The National Airport was renovated, one of the biggest indoor water parks in Europe was built. Cutting-edge medical technologies are also developing in Minsk. Seventeen large healthcare centers and eight outpatient hospitals were opened. Forty-two pre-school institutions and 18 schools were built in Minsk.

“We opened the new Great Patriotic War Museum to eternalize the memory of the feat of our city. Minsk hosts numerous film and theater festivals, dozens of large-scale world and Europeans sports competitions. The recent Junior Eurovision Song Contest was a success,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

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