On 20 December, the Moscow Government Presidium passed a package of amendments to earlier resolutions on the major repairs programme for blocks of flats.
“The proposed changes to the major housing repairs programme are to repair window units in communal areas and speed up the replacement of lifts so that all lifts in service for over 25 years will be replaced by the end of next year. We will thus have an additional 4,000 lifts to replace. This is the largest ever scope of lift replacement services in the past several years,” Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said.
As of next year, the following amendments to the programme will take effect:
- the major repairs will include the replacement of window units in communal areas. This work will be part of comprehensive courtyard maintenance and upgrades carried out by the Major Housing Repairs Fund;
- if a building’s façade requires urgent repairs, simultaneous roof repairs will also be done. This will guarantee better quality and rule out excessive expenses arising from separate repairs of the roof and the façade;
- 3,988 lifts in 824 blocks of flats will be replaced ahead of schedule by the end of 2017. The overall number of lifts due to be replaced next year will reach 5,080, a record high over the past several years.
In all, more than 29,200 lifts have either been replaced since 2011 or are going to be replaced this year, which is a quarter of all lifts in all blocks of flats in the city.
Under the programme, all lifts over 25 years old will be replaced. None will remain in use by the end of next year, said Artur Keskinov, General Director of the Major Housing Repairs Fund. “So, in 2018, we will switch to planned repairs,” he added.