In late March - on the last working day before a long weekend - the Moscow City Hall signed the largest contract for the purchase of concrete borders, worth 3.2 billion rubles. But the city’s authorities are not going to stop there, the city hall is preparing to announce five more tenders for the purchase of borders, this time granite, for a total of 16 billion 57 million rubles. This follows from the procurement schedule of GBU “Roads” for 2020, published on the public procurement website. Thus, the city hall is going to spend 19.28 billion rubles on borders in 2020.
On March 20, for each of the five tenders for granite borders (here, for example, one of them), the beginning of the stage of mandatory public discussion on the government procurement website was announced. This procurement procedure, whose initial cost exceeds one billion rubles, appeared in 2010 at the initiative of Dmitry Medvedev, who was then president. However, from January 1, 2020, the procedure was amended, and the corresponding section on the public procurement website actually stopped working.
A source in the Moscow City Hall, familiar with the plans of the State Highway “Highways”, explained to Meduza that buying billions of borders for billions of rubles is an attempt to save.
“People misunderstand. For the first time, we announced the purchase of borders - concrete and granite - immediately for three years, until 2022. Now the global economic crisis, prices will rise, and we fix them at the level of 2020 and give enterprises an understandable work plan during this difficult time, ”he said. “With three-year contracts, we save budget money and give support to manufacturers of building materials,” the Meduza source said.
Last year, GBU Automobile Roads also held five tenders for the purchase of granite borders, but for a much more modest amount - 3.6 billion rubles.
The main suppliers of granite borders for Moscow in 2018–2019 were LLC Trade House Spetsplast LLC and Bashkir Stone LLC. GBU “Roads” is the only customer for both companies. Over the past two years, Bashkir Stone has won 11 tenders from a state-owned enterprise for a total amount of 6.4 billion rubles (this is the largest contract of this company in 2019). “Spetsplast Trading House” ”- eight tenders totaling almost 6.2 billion rubles (the largest contract in 2019).
The director of Bashkir Granite is Ramil Bukharmetov, the former head of a municipal enterprise that serviced bridges in the capital of Bashkiria, Ufa, and the owner of the company is his son Roman Bukharmetov. The sole owner of the Spetsplast Trading House is Oleg Shirokov, a resident of Moscow Region Lyubertsy, he also owns the DSS company, which, under a contract with the State Automobile Roads Autobahn, deals with road marking on the streets of Moscow, and last year won two more contracts - to work on replacing public transport stops in Moscow and on repairing asphalt and facing the steps of the building of the General Prosecutor's Office of Russia.
Now, to contact the companies to find out if they plan to again participate in tenders for the supply of borders, Medusa failed. The only Bashkir Stone phone (indicated in the USRLE and state contracts) does not answer, no one answers one of the Special Plast phones, the second is not connected to the station.
Based on the purchase price of granite curbs under last year's contracts, the running meter of granite costs 6275 rubles. That is, for 16,057 billion rubles, you can buy 2559 kilometers of granite borders. If, according to the same principle, the contract for concrete borders is recalculated (only the amount was indicated in it, but it did not specify how many kilometers of the border the winner of the tender should put), then the mayor’s office buys another 1,181 kilometers of concrete borders.
According to the Moscow Department of Transport, in 2019 the length of all roads in the city was 6064 kilometers. Given that the curb is laid on both sides of the road - the length of the curb stone in Moscow is at least 12,128 kilometers. Thus, the new contracts will theoretically allow replacing almost a quarter of the curbs in Moscow.
Large-scale work on the replacement of curbs in Moscow began in 2015. Then the vice-mayor of Moscow on housing and communal services and urban economy Petro Biryukov said that all borders would be completely replaced in the city: within the Garden Ring, granite ones would be installed - “as it was historically”, and new concrete ones outside it. Replacing borders, Biryukov promised in 2015, will take three years.