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MOSCOW, August 15 (Itar-Tass) - Up to 10 new cities can emerge in the Moscow region in the near future due to the unification of small settlements, deputy chairman of the Moscow region government German Yelyanyushkin told the Izvestiya on Thursday.
The first new settlements are planning to be created in September. “We’re discussing where the centre can be made: or we’ll build from the zero or we’ll build on the base of the most interesting settlement from the architectural point of view,” the official said.
But he declined to elaborate.
At least there are hundreds of settlements, which can be united, the deputy chairman said, adding that a decision would be taken by working out an area planning scheme of the Moscow region. “Views of residents themselves will be taken into account,” the official said.
Head of the internal policy of the Moscow region Andrei Ilnitsky said he is sure that the enlargement would create conditions for the economic development and make it possible to optimize bureaucracy. “The procedure is difficult. They key task is to organise referendums and turn decisions into law of the Moscow region,” he said.
Several experts uphold this idea. “It is rather difficult for an investor to agree with one of the settlements than to solve all problems with a city administration. A school for everyone can be built in the city and there is no need to wait for funding to construct schools in every settlement. Any city is a centre, which creates jobs,” said Alexei Skopin, head of the department of regional politics and economic geography of the Higher School of Economics.