Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Marat Khusnullin at the session “Transport frame of the economy” of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on June 3 said that one of the new tasks in the field of transport in the country at the moment is the development of waterways.
According to the Minister of Transport Vitaly Savelyev, for the development of water transport, it is necessary to raise the water level in the rivers to four meters. It is noted that now this figure is below three meters.
He noted that if the water level rises, passenger traffic on the rivers will be activated, as well as cargo transportation will be improved.
During his speech, Khusnullin also touched on the topic of urban transport. According to the Deputy Prime Minister, the less residents of the country will spend on the road, the better they will fulfill their duties at work.
On May 19, it was reported that Khusnullin opposed the construction of the metro in cities with a population of one million and indicated that it was necessary to develop a railway network. The Deputy Prime Minister noted that the cost of completing the metro is too high, and cited as an example an unfinished project in Chelyabinsk, the construction of which, according to estimates, required 92 billion rubles.
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