Yerevan Mayor Says Current Government System Unsatisfactory

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–At his August 18 news conference–Yerevan Mayor Albert Bazeyan summarized the results of last year’s work. He refuted the information that he intends to resign. Moreover–he pronounced against frequent changes of the government and municipal administrations. Pointing out that four mayors have changed in Yerevan for the last four years–Bazeyan said that frequent changes have a distinctly negative impact on the common cause.

Bazeyan said that the October 27 events–and the resultant uncertain situation prevented the implementation of programs elaborated a year ago. He said that numerous problems caused the budget expenditure on the Yerevan Municipality–including on the capital construction–was seriously cut. Despite the problems–a number of programs were elaborated and implemented. Serious studies in the transport sphere were conducted–and considering the need for the transport relief of the central streets–new routes have been planned which will soon be authorized. A number of measures have been taken to put an end to illegal transportation.

According to the mayor–the most complicated sphere is the housing and communal facilities–in particular–water supply problems. The water supply shortage resulted in the drinking water supplied intended for Yerevan being used for irrigation purposes. Consumers’ debts totaling 14 billion drams are also a serious problem.

The mayor mentioned a number of programs–including the reinforcement of the capital’s subway passages–observation of sanitary norms–construction of Northern Avenue–partial paneling of the bed of the river Getar. Serious attention is paid to the cultural sphere.

Albert Bazeyan expressed dissatisfaction with the current government system under which Yerevan–with its status of region–has no central government and budget–which prevents the prosperity of the city and implementation of a number of programs. He also said that the Yerevan Municipality is reforming this system within the Constitution.

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