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Moscow authorities ask to gear up VTB Arena park project execution

On Saturday, August, 3 Marat Khusnullin, Deputy Mayor for Urban Development and Construction, surveyed Petrovsky park subway station being under construction and VTB Arena – Dynamo Central stadium construction site nearby.

The project team was represented by Sergey Shamanov, Deputy General Director of CJSC Management Company Dynamo and Sergey Tsybin, Sports Section Project Director who reported about VTB Arena park project execution stage. Marat Khusnullin mentioned that “reduction of the stadium capacity from 45 000 up to 27 000 people is caused by decision of FIFA to exclude the stadium from the list of the venues for World Football Cup 2018 and this decision is more preferable for the city as the scope of construction work is reduced by almost 200 000 cubic meters. After all the stadium forms part of the park zone and it is a favourite pastime area for people”.

However, he said that it wouldn't be superfluous to speed up construction pace. “By the end of 2016 – beginning of 2017 we’d like to have the construction works finished. For the time being in accordance with the schedule they are due to be completed by the 22nd of October, 2017” – said Khusnullin, explaining that the city authorities intended to agree with the General Contractor for the stadium reconstruction so that it could hasten construction works on site as “Petrovsky park” subway station in the vicinity of the stadium would be ready to pick up passengers by 2015. “Our citizens will get an opportunity to reach the stadium from all parts of the city and it’s highly desirable to finalize construction process by that time” – stated Deputy Mayor. He also noted that it is quite clear that any contractor will face intrinsic difficulties carrying out a project of this kind.

One of the hassles is large-scale works such as re-laying and replacement of the public utilities on the territories adjacent to the Stadium. And there is no chance to skip this stage and get down to reconstruction.

Such works require in particular partial cutting of trees, replanting of the trees and bushes throughout VTB Arena park territory. Currently green belts stretch along Petrovsko-Razumovskaya park alley. Design documentation for the project together with dendrological part in accordance with which cutting, planting, replanting of green plantations shall be made is approved by Moscow State Expertise and Moscow Department for Natural Resources Management and Environmental Protection, local authorities of Aeroport district, Savelovsky district, State Public Institution “Moszelenkhoz”. Subsequent to planting works there will be post-planting care within 3-5 years.

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