The authorities have postponed the launch of the railway part of the bridge’s year

The construction work of the bridge across the Kerch Strait

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree that shifts the beginning of the temporary operation of the railway part of the bridge across the Kerch Strait on December 1, 2019. The document was approved by the government on 5 July, it published on the official Internet portal of legal information.

Initially it was assumed that the beginning of the temporary operation of the constructed railway line on the bridge in the Crimea will begin on 18 December 2018. Such terms were specified in the government order of 30 January 2015. The document also approved the LLC “SGM”, controlled by Arkady Rotenberg (75-th place in the rating of the richest businessmen of Russia according to Forbes, the assessment of the state — $1 billion), as the sole contractor of works on construction of the bridge.

Approved July 5, the document also approved the transfer of the project on construction of the Kerch bridge on Treasury support. This method of financing allows the government to directly control the flow of funds.

That the construction of the railway segment of the Kerch bridge will be completed later than expected, wrote Reuters in April. The representative of Rosavtodor Agency explained that the construction of the railway bridge requires more time and is technically more difficult than the construction of the road bridge. “In this regard, the bridge builders lay a few more time making the railway part of the bridge and plan to open the movement of trains until the end of 2019”, — said the representative of the Federal road Agency.

In early June, Forbes reported that funding for the bridge’s construction is delayed. The General Director “SGM” Andrei Kirilenko at the end of may wrote a letter to first Deputy head of the transport Ministry Evgeny Dietrich and the head of Rosavtodor Roman Starovoit, which complained about delays in the payment of already executed works, wrote the publication with reference to the existing text of the letter.

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According to the newspaper, the letter said that the company could not build a bridge the necessary momentum to invest in the purchase of expensive construction equipment in connection with delays in financing. Kyrylenko pointed out that the Ministry of transport and Rosavtodor can’t solve the issue with the payment in February 2016.

In turn, the representative of the Ministry of transport explained that is planned for 2016, the amount for the project have been allocated from the budget, but to spend this money will be possible only with the transition to Treasury support. He noted that all changes will be approved by the government before the end of June.

Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the delay in financing the construction of a bridge, expressed confidence that this problem will soon be resolved. He drew attention that the Kremlin has no details of the construction process, because this issue deals with the government.