In the spring, 14 auctions for a total of 350 million rubles were announced on the public procurement website at once. All tenders were about replacing asphalt with paving stones in the capital of Russia. But closer to autumn, the mayor of Moscow decided to freeze this project.
The replacement of asphalt with tiles began in Moscow in 2011. This decision was made by Mayor Sobyanin. For a year and a half, large-scale work was carried out, namely, about 400 thousand square meters of paving stones were laid with a total cost of more than one billion rubles. The city authorities planned to change the coverage on an area of 1, 13 million square meters. m. However, the ideas were never implemented.
The first reason why they did not change the asphalt for paving stones is a banal lack of funds. There are already many problems in the capital that require large funding. And the cost of four billion rubles would leave many structures without subsidies. At the moment, 350 million rubles already allocated for the replacement of asphalt, for example, will be spent on the repair of the road surface.
The second reason, due to which the innovations were delayed, was the dissatisfaction of local residents. The sidewalk tiles were unevenly laid. Pedestrians filed complaints, staged pickets. Of course, this could not pass unnoticed by Sobyanin. Instead of improving the quality of the renovation work, he simply canceled all the innovations. Already laid paving stones are planned to be transferred to public gardens and parks.
In the opinion of many residents, the decision to replace the pavement pavement did not look like an attempt to improve the city, but like the desire of the authorities to prove that they did care about the capital. Back in 2011, slightly more than half of Muscovites were strongly against laying tiles. The following year, the number of residents who disagreed with the mayor's decision increased. During the winter, the paving stones have been strongly deformed. And although the authorities claim that the coverage looks perfect, numerous bloggers are posting photos on the Internet that confirm the opposite.
Movement along some streets of Moscow has become problematic. Girls and women broke their heels, skaters could not travel, and young parents argued that it was impossible to roll strollers on paving stones. To solve two problems at once: to save money and calm down the townspeople, it was decided to leave the asphalt on the streets of the city.