KRASNOYARSK, 20 Feb – RIA Novosti. About 200 billion rubles will be required to restore the infrastructure of Norilsk and create decent living conditions for the inhabitants of the Arctic, says the Governor of the Krasnoyarsk Territory Alexander Uss.
He stated this on Saturday in Moscow after the signing of a four-sided agreement on cooperation and interaction for the socio-economic development of Norilsk. The document was signed by the Minister for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic Alexei Chekunkov, the Governor of the Krasnoyarsk Territory Alexander Uss, the head of the Norilsk city administration Dmitry Karasev and the president of PJSC MMC Norilsk Nickel Vladimir Potanin.
According to the document, about 20 billion rubles will be allocated for the development of the city until 2024. Another 100 billion rubles are planned to be allocated from 2025 to 2035. Most of this amount will be received from the Norilsk Nickel company. At the same time, the regional authorities intend to continue work on expanding the list of comprehensive plan measures, which are based, among other things, on the proposals of the Norilsk residents themselves.
“By and large, the restoration of urban infrastructure and the creation of decent living conditions for northerners requires much more – according to various estimates, up to 200 billion rubles. Therefore, after the signing of this agreement, work will begin to concretize the measures and the timing of their implementation so that Norilsk really becomes the Russian Arctic capital “, – said Uss
“In addition to the agreement, a draft comprehensive plan for the socio-economic development of our northern capital has been developed. I am sure that the signing of today's agreement will be a good prologue for close and fruitful work between the federal and regional authorities and representatives of the company,” the head of the Krasnoyarsk Territory stressed.
According to the governor's press service, this agreement is the first time in modern Russian history when a company is forced to make such significant investments in the development of the territory that ensures the operation of the enterprise.
The work on the preparation of this agreement lasted for several months. After the accident with the oil spill in May 2020, Uss focused not only on the environmental agenda, but also on the difficult socio-economic situation of the city, and brought the problem to the federal level. In July 2020, at a meeting of the Federation Council, Uss turned to its members with a request for assistance in restoring the housing stock and urban infrastructure of Norilsk. In October, a delegation of senators visited the region, after their visit and the support of the Russian government it became possible to sign an agreement on the development of Norilsk.