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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ivanov Puts His Stamp on Transport

Itar-TassLevitin showing Ivanov to his seat just before the start of a meeting of Transportation Ministry officials Tuesday.
First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov put his stamp on an overarching vision for the development of the country's transport system at a wide-ranging meeting with Transportation Ministry officials Tuesday, Interfax reported.

Ivanov placed particular importance on the scale of investments required to ensure that plans for development of the transport network stay on track.

More than 1.5 trillion rubles ($57 billion) will have to be invested in the development and maintenance of the country's road system by 2015, with the total figure rising to 8.5 trillion rubles by 2025, Ivanov said.

Describing the figure as an "overwhelming burden for the budget," Ivanov said he had put forward a proposal to attract private financing for the development of the road network and airport infrastructure in the country.

In a Cabinet reshuffle last month, Ivanov, who is widely viewed as potential successor to Putin, was charged with overseeing the development of the military-industrial complex and the civilian economy.

Also at the meeting, Transportation Minister Igor Levitin announced that total investment into the country's transport sector increased by 13.7 percent last year to 490 billion rubles ($18.8 billion).

Ivanov pointed to the need to develop an integrated transport system that would improve coordination among the various branches of the country's transport networks and delivery and loading points.

"The necessity for an integrated development of major transport corridors is of primary importance. It involves the implementation of a single coordinated technology for the operations of ports, maritime, rail and road transport," he said.

Speaking about the nationwide level of development in transport infrastructure, Ivanov claimed that much of the country was suffering from "transport inequality," with lopsided investment in transport hampering economic growth in some regions.

Almost one-tenth of the country's population is not serviced year-round by overland lines of communication, connecting them with major population centers, Ivanov said.

Lending weight to remarks made by President Vladimir Putin on Monday about the need to establish a state-controlled shipbuilding company, Ivanov, who would head the project, insisted on the proposal's importance.

Asked by journalists, Ivanov said the Russian-built Sukhoi Superjet aircraft should solve the problem of saturation in the domestic civil aviation for high-quality aircraft.

"This type of aircraft is most needed by the internal market for transport between the regions and for short- and medium-haul flights," he said.

In notes handed out before the meeting Tuesday, the Transportation Ministry put forward a number of proposals intended to curb the private use of cars in the country, including introducing charges to drive on certain roads and in town centers, as well as regulating the parking system, reported.

Confusion ensued later, however, when the proposals were left out of Levitin's presentation, reported.