The structures of the Moscow government have resumed the conclusion of state contracts for the improvement and repair of the capital's roads and streets. Since the beginning of May, they have announced such tenders for at least 56 billion rubles, and Open Media calculated based on data from the portal for placing a government order.
For example, on July 3, the Moscow Department of Competition Policy placed one of the largest such orders after the lifting of restrictions - for the construction of multi-level transport interchanges "with the reconstruction and construction of a road network" in the Eastern Administrative District. The maximum contract amount is 22.2 billion rubles.
On the same day, July 3, the State Budgetary Institution "Automobile Roads" ordered work on drawing markings on the roads of Moscow, the contract amount amounted to 4.4 billion rubles. On July 15, the institution raffled off another lot for similar works - the proposal of the winning company amounted to 4.6 billion rubles. In addition, Automobile Roads signed two contracts for strengthening the roadbed and embankment under several overpasses and bridges for a total of 587.9 million rubles.
How government purchases were frozen
The mayor of the city, Sergei Sobyanin, announced the suspension of the conclusion of contracts at the expense of the city budget since April 13. The corresponding message was published on the mayor's website and in the mayor's blog. "A temporary mode of execution of the city budget is being introduced, within the framework of which the contracting of any purchases, except for urgent ones, is suspended," the message said.
All improvement work in the capital has also been suspended, said on April 11, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Public Utilities and Improvement Petr Biryukov, referring to the instructions of the mayor. On April 15, the vice-mayor for property relations Vladimir Efimov noted that the Moscow government, fulfilling Sobyanin's decree, “temporarily refused” the purchase for the improvement of 13 billion rubles. On April 10, the Moscow government introduced a restriction on construction work into the text of the decree of the mayor of Moscow on measures to counter coronavirus. However, this document did not specify that the improvement works were also suspended.
Restrictions on construction in Moscow were removed on May 11, Sobyanin ordered this at the end of April. Open Media did not manage to find a corresponding announcement, however, the capital's officials never announced the resumption of improvement work and new state purchases in this area.
Open Media sent a request to the press service of the Moscow mayor's office.