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25 December 2019 → The official visit of the Chairman of the Minsk City Executive Committee to Moscow is over

As part of a two-day visit to the capital of the Russian Federation, the Head of Minsk, Anatoly Sivak, took part in a meeting of the working group to coordinate the interaction between Belarus and Moscow, met with the Mayor of Moscow, visited a number of facilities of the new overland metro "Moscow Central Diameters", as well as the traffic management center of the Moscow government , the "Minsk-Novosti" Agency correspondent reports.

The development of cooperation between the Republic of Belarus and Moscow, the participation of Belarusian enterprises in the development of communal, construction, road sectors of the capital of Russia, the expansion of food supplies were the main topics of the meeting of the working group held on December 24 under the chairmanship of the Minister of Government of Moscow, the Head of the Department of Foreign Economic and International Relations Sergey Cheremin and Chairman of the Minsk City Executive Committee Anatoly Sivak.

Following the discussion, a plan of program activities for bilateral cooperation between Belarus and Moscow for 2020-2022 was signed. The parties agreed to hold joint events in the trade, economic, scientific, technical, humanitarian, cultural and social spheres. The tradition of holding Days of both capitals will also be continued. In 2021, the Days of Moscow will be organized in Minsk, and in 2022, the Days of Minsk will be held in Moscow.

During a meeting with Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, the Chairman of the Minsk City Executive Committee noted that a similar plan for the development of cooperation is needed between Minsk and Moscow. The document should first of all contain measures for the exchange of experience in solving urban problems of two megacities, in particular, in the fields of transport and construction.

The Belarusian delegation was particularly interested in the experience of Moscow colleagues in the development of transport infrastructure. The Minsk experts familiarized themselves with the organization of work of the city electric train. This is a new type of public transport that was launched in Moscow three years ago with the opening of the Moscow Central Ring (MCC). Trains of the new generation "Lastochka" run on the railway ring in the subway.The trains are sSuitable for people with limited mobility, passengers with children, convenient for carrying bicycles, strollers. They are equipped with toilets, climate control systems and Wi-Fi. At peak hours, they run every 5 minutes. In total, there are 31 transport hubs on the Moscow Central Ring, from each one you can transfer to ground public transport. Convenient access roads, turning areas for buses, and new stops were established on both sides of the railway.

Our specialists also got interested in the largest transport project "Moscow Central Diameters". These are essentially new underground metro lines that connect Moscow to the region. It is planned that there will be five of them. Currently, two routes have been launched: MCD-1 "Belorussko-Savelovsky" (Odintsovo-Lobnya) and MCD-2 "Kursk-Riga" line(Nakhabino-Podolsk). They include 132 kilometers of tracks and 57 stations. At 19 of them one can transfer to the metro, the Moscow Central Circle and the radial station of the Moscow Railway. By 2024, it is planned to increase the number of stations to 66, and the number of transfers to 27. The Department of Transport and the Development of Road Transport Infrastructure of Moscow plans that by 2025 the MCD will remove a quarter of the load on central stations and 13% on the entire transport system of Moscow.

As part of the working trip, the representatives of the official delegation of Minsk also visited the Center for Traffic Management (DPC). This institution of the Moscow government, operating as part of the Department of Transport and the Development of Road Transport Infrastructure, was established in 1999. Its tasks include the assessment of existing traffic flows, traffic management schemes and strategies, modeling of urban transport and passenger flows, planning, design, implementation of safe and effective traffic management programs and schemes.

In addition, theDPC is responsible for the development of parking placement concepts, the operation and repair of traffic lights and road signs, as well as the management of intelligent transport systems.

The Head of Minsk readily got acquainted with the experience of his Moscow colleagues. In particular, he was interested in the basic principles of the organizational structure of the center, as well as the procedure for interaction with other city services and departments of the Russian capital.

The official delegation of Minsk, headed by the Chairman of the Minsk City Executive Committee A. Sivak, was on a working visit to Moscow on December 24-25. It consisted of the heads of the Committee on Economics, the Information Technology Center of the Minsk City Executive Committee, the enterprises "Capital Transport and Communications", "Gorremavtodor" and other officials.

Prepared by the Press Secretary of the Minsk City Executive Committee Elena Mokhor

Photos provided by the Press- service of the Government of Moscow and the Embassy of Belarus in Russia

News provided by Agency "Minsk-Novosti"

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