GORKI, January 10 (Itar-Tass) — A contest for the best concept of the development of Moscow within the enlarged city limits will be announced within days, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin told President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday.
The new city neighborhoods must have large parks, medical and research centers, university compounds, residential areas and administrative buildings, he said.
“I view the enlargement of the Moscow city as a key task,” he said. “The enlargement must be beneficial for everyone: all the Muscovites, the authorities, business, the [Skolkovo] financial center and so on. That is a strategic task.”
“Formalities have been settled six months after the decision to broaden the Moscow territory was made,” he said. “The transitional period will last until July 1, 2012, and budgetary matters and aspects of the operation of territorial and federal power bodies must be settled within it,” Sobyanin said.
The Federation Council approved a resolution changing the Moscow city limits on December 27, 2011.
Earlier the Moscow City Duma and the Moscow Regional Duma approved an agreement between the Moscow regional governor and the Moscow mayor, which enlarged the Moscow territory by 2.4 times – by 160,000 hectares. It is planned to attach to Moscow 21 municipalities, including two city districts, 19 towns and villages and three vacant lands southwest of Moscow. Moscow will transfer 1.3 hectares from the Kurkino city district to Khimki in the Moscow region for the deployment of a regional center of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry.
The borders will be changed on July 1, 2012.