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Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin held a joint meeting of the collegium of the Ministry of Construction and the commission of the State Council in the direction of “Construction, housing and communal services and the urban environment.”

Marat Khusnullin held a joint meeting of the Collegium of the Ministry of Construction of Russia and the Commission of the State Council in the direction of “Construction, housing and communal services and the urban environment”

The meeting was also attended by Presidential Aide Igor Levitin, Minister of Construction and Housing and Public Utilities Irek Faizullin, Chairman of the State Council Commission, President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov, heads of constituent entities, representatives of relevant organizations.

During his speech, Marat Khusnullin briefly summed up the work for 2021 and outlined the further main directions for the development of the construction industry and housing and communal services to achieve national goals by 2030: to build 1 billion sq. m of housing and improve the living conditions of at least 5 million families annually by commissioning 120 million sq. m of housing per year, improve the quality of the urban environment by 1.5 times, bring 85% of the infrastructure of the road network in the largest agglomerations and 60% of regional roads into a standard condition.

“Despite the crisis period, we not only fulfilled all the planned plans for the implementation of national goals in 2021, but also exceeded them,” the Deputy Prime Minister said. Among the main achievements, he noted the commissioning of 92.6 million sq. m. m of housing, which is an absolute record for the country, as a result of which the living conditions of 10 million people, or 4.2 million families, were improved, which exceeds the plan by 20%. “This is an indicator of our joint work. I thank the heads of the regions for the systematic and well-coordinated work,” said Marat Khusnullin.

Among the regions that have achieved the greatest success in housing construction, he named the top ten: Sakhalin, Kaliningrad, Leningrad, Tyumen, Lipetsk, Sverdlovsk regions, Krasnodar Territory, the republics of Tatarstan, Adygea, Khakassia. The vice-premier also noted the subjects that showed a stable growth in the volume of housing commissioning, as well as housing commissioning per capita in a three-year period: the Chechen Republic, Moscow, Voronezh, Penza, Novosibirsk, Kaluga, Vladimir, Tambov, Rostov regions, the Republic of Bashkortostan. At the same time, Marat Khusnullin especially noted the regions that over the past three years have been fulfilling the indicator of 0.82 sq. m of housing commissioning per person: Kaliningrad, Leningrad, Moscow, Tyumen, Lipetsk regions, the city of Sevastopol.

Speaking about improving the comfort of the urban environment in 2021, the Deputy Prime Minister said that almost 5.5 thousand public territories were landscaped – this contributed to an increase in the quality of the urban environment by 8% compared to 2019.

As part of the discussion of plans for further development, Marat Khusnullin noted that they are reflected in the main directions of the developed Strategy for the development of the construction industry and housing and communal services until 2030 with a forecast until 2035. “A lot of work has been done to develop a draft strategy. For us, this is a key document for the next 10 years, this is our guide to work,” the Deputy Prime Minister said. “The strategy is cross-sectoral in nature, and its main areas are balanced territorial and urban development, new housing opportunities, industrial and transport construction, the development of housing and communal services and ensuring a new pace of construction.”

“Providing housing is the order of the President,” said Igor Levitin. – One of the main, fundamental conditions for the normal life of a person, a Russian family. This is a socially important topic that worries the entire population.” He noted the effectiveness of the work format of the State Council commission, which considers the development plans of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation individually, taking into account their potential and financial security, and thanked the commission, represented by its chairman Rustam Minnikhanov, for careful work with each region. Igor Levitin noted the effective interaction of the Government with the State Duma on improving the relevant legislation, and also, speaking about the draft construction strategy, approved its close linkage with the adopted Transport Strategy. “Earlier, it was very difficult to agree on where to build, how to build roads and how to develop public transport. Today it is in one commission, and I am sure that we will continue to work this way,” he said.

Among the priorities for further work, Marat Khusnullin called the simplification of strategic and territorial planning, increasing the urban development potential of the territories, ensuring a positive trend in housing commissioning, continuing the resettlement program from emergency housing, developing preferential mortgage lending, completely solving the problem of deceived equity holders, breakthrough infrastructure development, transport development and the quality of public transport services, the modernization of the housing and communal services sector, as well as the improvement of the regulatory framework for the construction industry, the removal of administrative barriers and the minimization of the construction cycle.

The meeting participants emphasized the relevance of the areas of work reflected in the draft strategy and voiced the most important proposals for the development of the industry. Irek Fayzullin said that the draft strategy included significant proposals from the regions that were made during its preparation. At the same time, the development of system solutions took place in close cooperation with other industries. “About 60 conciliation meetings were held and more than 1,000 proposals were worked out. We also analyzed international experience and incorporated the best world practices into the strategy,” the minister said. “I hope that as a result we will receive a document containing interrelated tasks and activities to create a comfortable and safe environment for the life of our citizens.”

Rustam Minnikhanov said that he supports the draft strategy, which takes into account most of the proposals, and proposes to submit it for consideration by the Presidium of the State Council. At the same time, he focused on some measures aimed at further work and achievement of the strategic goal of housing commissioning. The chairman of the commission paid special attention to ensuring the demand for housing and improving the tools for stimulating it. In this regard, he proposed extending the preferential mortgage program until 2024 for all categories of citizens, maintaining the interest rate at 7% per annum, despite the increase by the Central Bank of the key rate to 9.5%, as well as increasing the loan amount from 3 million to 6 million rubles. “This will help to contain the rise in prices in the primary market,” Rustam Minnikhanov believes. Also, the head of Tatarstan proposed to include the purchase of individual housing in the preferential mortgage program.

During the meeting, the participants listened to a number of other reports with proposals for subsequent inclusion in the agenda of the work of the Presidium of the State Council with the participation of the President of the country.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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