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PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN
May 29, 2017
APARTMENT BUILDINGS TO BECOME COZIER
In just a few days, the Ministry of Housing and Public Utility Services will begin the realization of a program for the repair, face-lifting and improvement of the operating conditions of the apartment housing stock for 2017-2021. How will our residential neighborhoods change in the coming years? Our correspondent has received detailed layout from the specialists.

The main difference from the previous similar program, which was not implemented in the best way for various reasons, is the presence of a single coordinating body represented by the Ministry of Housing and Public Utility Services.

To date, there are more than 33 thousand apartment buildings in the republic, of which over 29 thousand will be repaired. The largest amount of work will be conducted in Tashkent, since almost one-third of the country's multi-apartment housing stock is located here.

First of all they will repair themselves. In total, it is necessary to refit 11,708.7 thousand square meters of the roof. In plans - recondition of 66,070 entrances. In 42.5 thousand of them it is necessary to install iron doors with code locks. In 18,697, the repair of intra-house networks is planned. The program also includes the need to renovate the facades of about 18.5 thousand houses.

The poor condition of elevators was also taken into account. To date, a total of 5,316 elevators are operating in multi-unit buildings across the country. A preliminary assessment showed that more than half of the elevator equipment needed a refit or replacement. And these works are planned for the next five years.

Much attention will be placed on the beautification of local areas. According to the adopted program, almost all of them need recondition and improvement. As part of the solution to this problem, it is necessary to renovate and build more than 14 thousand playgrounds. The parameters of reconstruction and repair of irrigation ditches, sidewalks and lighting systems of adjacent territories were approved. Admittedly, they will be corrected during the implementation of the program and cost estimation.

The equipping norms of the newly created repair and recovery services were also approved. It is supposed that they will receive the most up-to-date equipment that is necessary for the maintenance of the multi-apartment fund and local areas. These are all kinds of cranes, welding machines, other plumbing equipment and even lawn-mowers.

The engineering company for the construction and reconstruction of the multi-apartment housing stock and heat supply facilities will be the customer of all performed works within the program, and the joint-stock company (JSC) "Toshuyjoyliti" will become the general design organization. The joint-stock commercial Uzsanoatqurilishbank is approved as an authorized bank which provides the financing for housing and communal services organizations. The JSC Qurilishmashleasing is defined as a specialized leasing company for equipping of the organizations that provides the housing and communal services with the necessary technology and repair and construction equipment.

The commercial banks to implement the program are recommended to allocate preferential loans to the State Unitary Enterprise "Repair and Restoration Service" and private homeowners' associations. Taking into account that today many private homeowners' associations have existing loans, banks are recommended to prolong the earlier loans for a period of five years. To do this, the association must apply to the bank with the relevant application.

Minister Comments

The Minister of Housing and Public Utility Services Erkin Iskandarov:

- Over 1.8 trillion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 29.05.2017, 1$= 3820.46 soums) will be allocated for the realization of the Program for repair, improvement and bettering the operating conditions of the multi-apartment housing stock for 2017-2021. These funds are local budgets of the regions, the Housing and Communal Services Development Fund, private homeowner associations, loans from commercial banks and international financial institutions, as well as leasing.

I want to draw your attention to the fact that all these measures will be effective if the members of the private homeowners' associations and their boards actively interact with our units, and the heads of the partnerships will take this issue with responsibility. Therefore, in the near future, it is planned to conduct special courses on the preparation of all chairmen of private homeowners' associations.

It will be good if each co-owner of the apartment re-reads the law "On the private homeowners' associations of housing" and will continue to be active in realizing the rights and responsibilities with which was given him/her. I want to emphasize that all the measures currently being taken by the state are aimed primarily at assisting the private homeowners' associations to solve their problems in the maintenance of common property.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


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