Prime Minister Attends Re Opening of Strategic Mountain Pass Tunnel

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Prime Minister Andranik Margarian attended the official re-opening ceremony of the Pushkin mountain pass tunnel on December 15. The 1.3 km long tunnel–which shortens by 13 km at an almost impassable section of the Vanadzor-Stepanavan route was completely repaired.

The 5 meters high and 7 meters wide tunnel corresponds to international standards and has been installed with proper ventilation and illumination. The repairs for the tunnel were funded by the World Bank and the government of Armenia. A total of $1.2 million was spent on it.

The tunnel’s reconstruction has not only economic but also political importance. It will enable the regions of Tashir and Gugark to more actively involve in the economy. This will be one of the main roads–along with another route passing through Alaverdi–connecting Armenia to Georgia.

The tunnel–constructed in early 70s–had never been repaired in over thirty years. The prime minister also attended the official inauguration of two blocks of flats in the town of Stepanavan–also constructed by the government’s funds. He also visited the construction site of a secondary school in the village of Agarak. The classrooms for the 320 pupils of the school will have central heating. A total of 85 million Armenian Drams were allocated by the government for the school’s construction. Another 17 schools are planned to be built next year.

The prime minister also visited a military unit–located near Stepanavan–to get acquainted with the daily life of the soldiers and laid a wreath on the Unknown Soldier’s monument.

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