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Tskhinvali builds the future2011-03-09 21:44
In the nearest future South Ossetia plans to spend over three billion rubles on road renovation. The reparation of the local highways is a really important issue. It often seems to the republic citizens that they live in a very large country as to get, for example, from Tskhinvali to Leningor, one must spend four hours. As soon as the roads are restored, the Tskhinvali inhabitants will be able to go on a picnic even to places that are absolutely inaccessible.
It is planned to spend three billion two hundred million rubles on road renovation in South Ossetia. Considering the republic size, this is a very big amount. But the scope of works is large, too: almost all South-Ossetian roads are to be renovated. They include Tskhinvali-Leningor, Tskhinvali-Znaur, Otreu-Artsevi, Gromi-Tsinagara and other.
Let us explain that the Ossetian place names that are so hard to pronounce are most often some settlements located far from the civilization where life is possible only if there are normal roads.
For instance, the Grom settlement. It is situated right at the border with Georgia. There have never been any roads connecting the village directly with the capital of South Ossetia. All roads led to Georgia from here. Now it is even difficult to say how much time it would take to reach this distant settlement from Tskhinvali. There are no direct roads, just some country tracks beaten by rains and mudflows. The constructors promise to finish the road laying by 2012, so it will be possible to get to the capital within just an hour.
Or, say, the Sinagur village. Beautiful places where one can take tourists or go for a holiday. But now only some happy owners of offroaders can have a picnic in these mountains, and anyway they would need about four hours to get here.
A special case is the road from Tskhinvali to Leningor. The building of this route has not only an economic meaning but a political one. The Leningor District of South Ossetia remained under the control of Georgia for 17 years. In the Soviet times this region was part an autonomous area just formally. It had economic relations just with Georgia. Even now a direct road from the district center leads just to Georgia. To get here from Tskhinvali, one should spend about five hours. It is not even a road, it is a track pitted with holes and bumps. Only military vehicles and large-tonnage lorries can travel here. And only when the weather is fine.