ArmInfo. Yerevan Municipality has developed a funding model for the replacement of obsolete elevators in the capital. The municipality estimates the cost of the program at 33 billion drams. Yerevan Vice-Mayor Hayk Sargsyan said this at today's press conference, noting that about 3,600 elevators need total renovation in Yerevan.
According to the mayor's office, the lifespan of the elevators has expired in 90% of apartment buildings. According to the sounded statistics, over the past 6 years, as a result of accidents in the elevator sector in Yerevan, 6 people died, 5 people received physical injuries.
Commenting on the statement of Yerevan Mayor Hayk Marutyan that the replacement of elevators will be carried out at the expense of the residents of the capital, Sargsyan called this decision quite reasonable and logical, as citizens should pay for this and any other work that is carried out in the public sphere of Armenia, citing , planting works, as well as the development of transport infrastructure.
<All these works are carried out with the financing of citizens who enter the budget of the capital in the form of taxes and duties. Naturally, none of the previous mayors implemented the program from their own means, "he said, at the same time noting that the Yerevan Mayor's Office is implementing a pilot program to replace 1,600 elevators that have been decommissioned.
In addition, the deputy mayor, stressed that without the consent of the residents of the capital, there will be no imperative and mandatory action by the mayor's office.
According to estimates, the metropolitan mayor's office will need 3.5-4 years to replace 3,600 elevators, while it will take 35-40 days to replace one elevator, provided that 80 brigades will work simultaneously. Sargsyan also noted that the development of this program required the city authorities about 3 months, stressing that the Yerevan Municipality, working on the implementation of a model for the elevator sector, tried to take into account the social component of the project, thus proposing a model that minimizes the financial burden on family budget.
At the same time, the vice-mayor explained that there is no question of any subsidies in this area, since the elevators, along with the apartments, are the property of the citizens. "Our financing model implies the connection of international resources, thanks to which, the amount of investments will be covered in a monthly segment," explained he. To the question of journalists about why citizens should pay extra for any services, if the capital's 31 billion budget is annually generated by taxes paid by citizens, the deputy mayor explained: <If you want a new product, you have to make new investments. Talking about expectations that the municipality will cover these expenses is not serious, as the budget of the municipality is 31 billion drams. If we replace the elevators with this money, it will mean that we will not have enough money for other projects. According to Sargsyan, the developed financing model will be presented to the Armenian government in the near future. <This model implies that the municipality will allocate part of the money from the city budget, the rest of the municipality with the support of the state will take in the form of loans at low interest rates from international funds. Thus, residents will have to pay both budgetary and credit funds. If today one family pays an average of 1,600 drams per month for lift services, then after replacing the elevator this amount will increase by 30%, "he explained.