During the first half of 2018 more than 50% of work included in the plan for repairing Ukrainian roads was completed, announced Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Kistion.
According to the Vice Prime Minister, Volyn, Dnipropetrovsk, Zakarpattia, Zaporizhzhia, Kirovograd, Lviv, Poltava, Ternopil, Kherson and Khmelnytsky regions demonstrate the best performance of tasks set by the Government. "In those regions, the performance of the assigned work exceeds 80% on average", comments Volodymyr Kistion.
However, unfortunately, the following regions - Zhytomyr, Mykolaiv, Rivne, Sumy and Chernivtsi - have a serious backlog. "The worst situation in Chernivtsi and Sumy regions. They haven’t managed to launch any activity, even planning documentation is missing. Having such a scale of funding, which is the highest in recent years, this is not acceptable", urged Volodymyr Kistion.
The Vice Prime Minister reminded that to overhaul and repair the road network, the Government had allotted a record sum for the last three years amounting UAH 45.7 billion: the sum worth UAH 19 billion was directed on repair of state roads, UAH 11.53 billion - on local roads that are now within the responsibility of RSA (regional state administrations), UAH 2.6 billion is directed for road safety measures and UAH 3.4 billion for the maintenance of state roads - lighting, marking, cleaning, etc.
"The Government has complied with its obligations - there are funds allotted for repairing Ukrainian roads, especially in the regional budgets. However, resources are used by the regions rather inefficiently. Given the financing worth UAH 5 bln - funds of the Road Fund for repairs of local roads – the sum worth UAH 3.2 bln is unapplied resource on treasury accounts. Another financing worth UAH 2.9 billion accumulated as a result of the customs experiment that could be used to enhance the economy is not used as well. Before the start of winter, we expect the full implementation of this year's plan, therefore, it is vital to speed up and act responsibly in performance of obligations", underscored Volodymyr Kistion.