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Tskhinvali will rise from the ashes2009-03-30 23:18
Russia and South Ossetia have agreed upon the deadlines and means for carrying out restoration work in Tskhinvali. Agreement was reached at the end of last week at a session of the inter-departmental commission for providing aid to the republic.
At the session, South Ossetia was represented by its President Eduard Kokoity, while Russia was represented by the Minister for Regional Development, Viktor Basargin. The long-awaited meeting proved productive: a board for restoring South Ossetia will be established in Moscow, whose representative will be located in Tskhinvali, reports Gazeta. And representatives of the Russian Audit Chamber will control the "transparency" of the work in South Ossetia's capital.
Kokoity and Basargin also approved an all-encompassing plan for restoring housing, community facilities and the housing and utilities infrastructure. According to Osinform, in the course of this year 575 sites will be restored, 36 of which are educational institutions, 19 are healthcare facilities and three are cultural centres.
Moreover, in South Ossetia great attention is being paid to the development of the most important infrastructure projects: communications, energy and gas supply, and water supply. Large-scale road construction will be carried out. Work to restore the agricultural sector of the republic was accorded a specific point in the approved plan. 100 million roubles is being set aside specifically for this goal.
However, as Viktor Basargin declared, the main task is to give people a roof over their heads again. "Most attention will be directed towards restoring private housing, which suffered during the war, and a list of the priority establishments will be compiled and agreed upon by both sides," quotes Gazeta. "Construction companies from Russia's regions, which have won a tender to carry out the work, will complete the construction work in South Ossetia." According to him, specialists from the Russian ministries, headed by a representative from the Ministry of the Regions, will start their work in the republic as early as 1st April. In the early stages, their tasks include preparing documents for opening up the financing of contractors, reports Osinform. And the restoration work itself, according to the republic's Minister for Information and the Press Irina Gagloeva, will start the following month - when the first advance arrives from Moscow.
On 17th March, representatives from the Russian and South Ossetian Finance Ministries signed an agreement for granting financial aid to the republic totally some 10 billion dollars. Kokoity and Basargin made final plans for this money at the meeting.