The creation of a special Road Fund and
decentralized management will afford to create a permanent
mechanism of financing and planning of road repair activities,
thereby ensuring proper
road maintenance. This was stated by Prime Minister of
Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman during his conversation with
journalists at a laboratory and production facility of the InterChem
in Odessa region.
"There is an
idea, and it deserves to be implemented, - establishing
a single Road Fund within the State Budget.
It’s going to be a special Fund that is filled from
import of petroleum products. They
import, they pay customs duties
– these are transferred to the Fund. Further, this resource
is distributed on absolutely transparent and automatic
basis to ensure that each village, each area,
each region could get the required amount of
funds depending on the amount of kilometers
of roads," said Volodymyr Groysman.
that we are creating a permanent tool
of financing road repairs with
resource inflows, while we devolve
the management of these funds to the local level, to
regional state administrations. That is the power and money. This, in
complex, will enable to ensure appropriate quality [of
roads – ed.] and effective planning of road activities",
said the Prime Minister.
The State will also consolidate
the resources for building of transport corridors all across
the country, announced the Head of Government. "This
issue requires more than a year, but it is crucial
to develop a strategy of Ukrainian road development:
not just to repair a section in a particular
place, but it is necessary to understand first,
second and fifth step, what road will be built, which
points it will connect. These are the issues the Government is
engaged in now," he said.
The Prime Minister stressed that the
Government would consolidate efforts to carry out current
repair of roads and to continue major repairs
as had been planned.
Volodymyr Groysman noted that it is
important to maintain roads appropriately,
hence "over decades of use for personal financial gains"
they occurred to be in a critical state. The Government is working to
restore order in the road sector, he accentuated. So, there
have already been launched major projects, in
particular in Odessa region.
Moreover, the Prime Minister reminded that
the regions possessed relevant funding for road repairs as a
result of increased revenues due to fiscal decentralization. "Combining
sources can provide necessary resource as
co-financing", he said.
The Prime Minister checked
the ongoing repair work on M28 Odessa – Yuzhny
highway, as well as got familiarized
with the operation and characteristics of portable