ArmInfo. Celebrating New Year and Christmas in Yerevan will be held on an unprecedented scale: the capital city administration intends to spend about $ 700 thousand (326 million drams). Deputy Mayor Hayk Sargsyan announced this on December 6 at an extraordinary meeting of the Council of Elders of Yerevan. In particular, 121 million drams (about $ 253 thousand) will be spent on the services of contractors, and the rest will be spent on the purchase of equipment, the production of decorations and more.
Tehmina Vardanyan, member of the "Luys" faction of the Council of Elders of Yerevan, also stated that the year will be unprecedented in terms of costs. According to her, annually New Year's expenses did not exceed 40-50 million drams ($ 80-100 thousand). Moreover, last year a Christmas tree worth $ 75 thousand was purchased, which caused discontent in society. <Now I want to understand how you decided to allocate so much money for New Year's expenses, at a time when we have so many unresolved issues>, she asked. "Mr. Sargsyan states that an overhead crossing will be built - an overhead crossing worth 44 million drams. Why? We have refused the construction of overhead crossings in the 5-year activity program, although this is extremely important. But buildings are crumbling from" old age ", citizens are starving and we spend a million dollars on organizing holidays? This is unacceptable ", said Vardanyan.
It should be noted that, by the decision of the government, a total of 271.8 million drams were allocated this year throughout the country. An additional 54 million drams allocated by the budget of Yerevan will be added to these amounts. Later it became known that the Municipality of Yerevan intends to increase the costs of events by another 270 million drams. According to the draft decision, which was discussed today at an extraordinary meeting of the Council of Elders, the organizers are going to rent large LED screens for the indicated amount. The document was adopted by 41 votes in favor, 5 against, with 2 abstentions.