1,000-Car Garage to Be Dug Under Tverskaya

Moscow is planning to build 2.5 million square meters of underground facilities in the next three years, including a spacious parking facility under Tverskaya Ulitsa, a municipal official said Friday.

Engineers have already designed the parking space under Tverskaya, said the official, Konstantin Korolevsky. It will accommodate 1,000 cars and cost at least 3 billion rubles to build.

He did not say when the construction would begin or who would fund it, but noted that construction would take place in three stages, Interfax reported.

The first stage will be built underground between Manezh Square and Kamergersky Pereulok; the second stage between Kamergersky Pereulok and 13 Tverskaya Ulitsa; and the final stage will be under Triumfalnaya Ploshchad.

Under a program to expand underground construction, the city is planning to build 2.5 million square meters of underground facilities, Korolevsky said.

This year, the city is planning to build just less than 700,000 square meters, Korolevsky said, speaking at a conference.

Underground construction accounts for just 8 percent of all city construction, which is too little compared with the standard of 20 percent, a deputy mayor, Vladimir Resin, said at the same conference. "We need to sharply change our attitude to this question," he said. "Underground construction holds a great potential for the development of Moscow."