The local authorities must approve a list of road construction and repair in the framework of the Great Construction project to be launched in March, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy emphasized.
During the “Knit Ukraine Together: Security, Construction, Financing” event, the Head of State informed that only 15 regions had done so. 7 other are now being processed. At the same time, Lviv, Zakarpattia and Sumy regions must immediately submit their plans, as they haven’t done so yet.
"I understand that there are reasons - the head of the regional state administration in Lviv has been substituted, there is no appointment of heads of regional state administration in Sumy and Zakarpattia regions... I understand that, but I urge you to do it as soon as possible," the President said.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that the current government team wanted to build most of the major roads that knit the country together by the end of the cadence.
"We need your help. First - honesty. Second - no kickbacks. And third, please pay taxes, hire people legally,” the President addressed the representatives of construction companies.
“The state is a major customer. This is personal for us. This is the face of our country. Roads are a personal matter for each of us. So let's work together,” he added.
The President recalled the positive experience when during the reconstruction of the bridge in the area of Stanytsia Luhanska video cameras were installed to monitor and record the progress of construction work.
"I have a request for you: since it is a big challenge, I would like to receive a report on the construction of roads, so that we do not see it on paper, but have a technical opportunity together with society to observe the process of construction and to see changes," the Head of State said.
The First Deputy Head of the President's Office Serhiy Trofimov emphasized that heads of regional state administrations should understand personal responsibility for the timing and quality of road construction, as well as for the proper use of funds. Also, heads of regions should monitor tenders to avoid abuse.
“You should carry out technical monitoring of the project at all stages of its implementation,” Serhiy Trofimov noted.
According to him, road repair contracts must contain a clear warranty period and liability of the contractor for the elimination of any defects within this period.
In addition, sanctions should be imposed for non-compliance with the work schedule.