Sergei Sobyanin: We are working on the site list to start the relocation programme

Sergei Sobyanin: We are working on the site list to start the relocation programme
Photo: Photo by the Mayor and Moscow Government Press Service. Yevgeny Samarin
The construction under the programme will begin as soon as the end of this year or the start of the next one.

The list of the sites to start the relocation programme should come out next month. “At this stage we are working on the site list to start the programme. This list should appear in October, and we will publish it. We think it is a big and significant undertaking; it will include about 20 percent of the whole volume of the programme,” Sergei Sobyanin said live on Business FM radio.

The list will include 200–300 sites where new buildings will go up. The Mayor also added: “We should especially look into how many people will move there, because the number of floors will vary, so we’ll have to look into construction density.”

According to Sergei Sobyanin, it will be possible to understand the programme’s timeframe only after layout projects for all the districts under the programme are designed. The city is developing them right now. Specialists have to take into account the planning that exists now as well as engineering and transport communications, and to design the layouts and agree them with the residents.

Sergei Sobyanin noted: “Mass construction under the programme will begin as soon as the end of this year or the start of the next one.”

The relocation progamme includes 5,144 buildings. Instead of flats in dilapidated five-storey buildings, residents will get new ones in monolith or block buildings with glass balconies, with a total area no less or even more than the old ones due to a larger kitchen, hall, bathroom and WC.

The neighbourhood around the buildings will be improved, too: there will be parks, bicycle lanes, sports pitches and playgrounds. The walking areas will have streetlights, benches and rubbish baskets, and trees and bushes will be planted there. The relocation programme will improve the living conditions of approximately a million Muscovites.