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MOSCOW, October 20 (Itar-Tass) — Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin reported about his work for the year after his appointment for the deputies of the Moscow City Duma on Wednesday. The mayor considers as his major success the fact that he succeeded to change the development ideology of Moscow as the city for people.
The Moscow mayor noted that under his management the Mayor’s Office succeeded to change the Moscow development ideology with the focus on the solution to such problems as traffic jams, illegal advertising, unauthorized trade and excessive construction projects in the Moscow center, the Novye Izvestia writes. The Moscow authorities decided to sever 200 investment contracts at the cost of more than 35 billion dollars. For the past year Moscow was relieved from 50,000 square meters of illegal advertising, mainly from the construction site fences, other fences, the roofs and advertising posters over the roads were removed. “It looks like a larger freedom in Moscow, we saw the facades of historic buildings, which were covered with advertising posters for years,” the newspaper quoted Sobyanin as saying.
The authorities ceased to be ‘a black box’ for Muscovites that is impossible to get a response from, the Moskovsky Komsomolets writes. The feedback system was established now, particularly public debates on the programs, the portal gorod.mos.ru, which 20,000 people visited for two days, and the assessment rating system of outpatient clinics, schools and utility services. “The lowest ratings will cause reprimanding decisions,” the mayor warned. Before the yearend nine multifunctional centers will open in Moscow. The centers will provide 72 mostly needed state services and such centers will be opened in each district by 2013. The mayor said about senseless bans cancelled for the past year. For instance, the restrictions for installing the conditioning systems in residential houses were lifted.
The mayor focused attention on the development of health care and education systems, the Rossiiskaya Gazeta noted. He noted that the queue for seats in kindergartens was minimized to less than 2,500 children in it. Certainly he dwelt on the transportation system. The program to solve the transportation problem was among the first programs that the new mayoral team developed and is implementing. The Moscow authorities focus on public transport: the metro development, commuter trains, the renovation of the fleet of buses and trolleybuses, “Moscow is going on the way of other cities, which faced the same problem in the meantime,” the mayor stated.