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A lot of noise and nothing
A sad continuation of the sensational story about BAM, another large Far Eastern construction
There is work, but there is no money
"Hello, my name is Vladimir (Let's call our hero so), I work in one of the mechanized convoys of Bamstroymekhanizatsiya ”, - the interlocutor on the other end of the line hesitates a little. - "You did the material about how the BAM is being reconstructed in Tyndinsky and Skovorodinsky districts?"
“I, - I answer, - there the work is going quite well, I saw it myself”.
Further, Vladimir talks about the everyday life of a shift worker: he has to work far from home, live in trailers, endure both the cold and the heat - the harsh Amur peasants have long been accustomed to this. But the trouble came from where they did not expect - after the large-scale start of work, they began to curtail just as sharply.
According to Vladimir, if now someone else is working in the Skovorodinsky district, then the employees of the mechanized convoys working at Ulak (MK-74, MK-94, MK-55, MK-174) went on forced leave without pay - by order of their superiors ... Those who are still working received salaries in early April only for January-February.
Only on paper
It is not known whether the chiefs overheard Vladimir, but almost immediately after his call, a special Moscow commission examined the BAM sections from Lena station (East-Siberian railway) to Tynda station (Far Eastern railway). And after that, as stated in the press release of Bamstroymekhanizatsiya, on April 10, Tynda hosted an expanded meeting on the implementation of the program for the development of the Eastern range (this is the official name of the BAM reconstruction), which was attended by representatives of the central office of Russian Railways research institutes as well as construction companies.
According to Vyacheslav Rybkin, the head of the Directorate for the Development of the Eastern RDF Landfill, the program for the modernization of the Baikal-Amur Mainline and the Trans-Siberian Railway has been approved by the state, but despite this, works on most objects have not started.
“But after all, no one has canceled the timing of the project during 2014–2017,” said Vladimir Krapivny, chief engineer of the Far Eastern Railway, expressing concern. - In addition, there is a real need for modernization of BAM and Transsib already now. Indeed, right now there is an increase in the volume of traffic to our Far Eastern ports, and if we do not start on time, this is fraught with two problems: first, the Eastern landfill in a few years will not be able to accept the entire declared volume of cargo; secondly, the increase in the project implementation time will certainly lead to its rise in price. "
Just a couple of days before the meeting, the head of Russian Railways Vladimir Yakunin himself spoke about the problems with allocating funds from the NWF at the board of the Ministry of Transport. According to RIA Novosti, 150 billion rubles should be allocated from the NWF for development projects of the BAM and Transsib, 50 billion of which was allocated last year. “It seems to me that we need to hold an appropriate meeting in order to still determine how to use these funds. Because today the regulations are such that it is almost impossible to use them, ”the agency quoted Yakunin as saying. According to him, to use the funds of the NWF, an approved design and estimate documentation is required. “Bring me at least one project that we have built with approved design and estimate documentation. It's impossible. If we followed this path, then we would not be celebrating Sochi now, but we were doing the final stage of the development of design estimates, "the head of Russian Railways said at the time.
The builders also had questions - the floor was taken by the chairman of the board of directors of Bamstroymekhanizatsiya Vasily Tarasenko. It turned out that at the Eastern test site the situation is practically one-to-one as at the Vostochny cosmodrome (is it really the case in the word “eastern” ?!): the builders work in advance, without design estimates and at their own expense.
The aforementioned head of the Directorate for the Development of the Eastern Landfill, Mr. Rybkin, agreed with the arguments of the builders and promised: in the near future, on behalf of Vladimir Yakunin, they will develop a scheme according to which funds from the Russian Railways budget will finally be allocated for advances to contractors, and the president of the monopolist company is take personal control.
Following the meeting, it was decided to establish in Tynda a headquarters for the implementation of the BAM modernization project. It will include representatives of customers, design institutes and construction companies. In the meantime, the Eastern Polygon is waiting for funding to begin.