16 Apr 2020 19:22

Russia to continue development of BAM/Transsib, project schedules should be held to 'as much as possible' - Putin

MOSCOW. April 16 (Interfax) - The development of the Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM) and Trans-Siberian Railway's (Transsib) capacity will be continued, even despite the difficult epidemiological conditions, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting on issues relating to the development of the construction sector.

"We will continue the implementation of large-scale infrastructure projects ", Putin said, mentioning railway projects in the country's east, among others.

"This is a solid foundation for the economy, for its future growth. Amid the fight against coronavirus there are clear and objective limitations, but despite this, the schedules for infrastructure facilities must be held to as much as possible to ensure that the financial resources of the state are not frozen, but work for the economy, for the development of the country and the regions, to improve people's quality of life," the president said.

"The consultations that I am constantly conducting with experts, show that special safety regimes can be drawn up for construction work. I ask the government, together with the regions and construction companies, to promptly approve and employ such regimes," he added.