The mayor of Moscow is planning to get rid of the capital's heaviest polluting factories, transferring them to new locations outside the city. Media reports suggest that the same fate may await some of the capital’s residents.
During a meeting with colleagues from Сentral Russia, Mayor Sergey Sobyanin said that the industrial sector of Moscow needs general restructuring, as many factories are harmful both for the environment and for the city’s residents. The mayor claimed that Moscow needs new innovative and eco-friendly factories.
Although the plan sounds tempting, ecologists are not completely sold on the mayor’s vision.
“First of all, we need to do some market research, as well as sociological and scientific research, to get a clear idea of how things are developing ,and to see whether Moscow really needs all the factories it currently has,” Elena Korneva, scientific secretary at the Urban Ecology Institute, told RT.
In addition, it turns out that City Hall’s relocation plans may concern not only factories. Eager to put an end to the city’s eternal traffic problem, Russian officials have gone as far as suggesting the resettlement of Muscovites themselves.
The idea was voiced by the governor of the Belgorod region in Сentral Russia, Evgeny Savchenko.
“If Moscow had only 5 million residents [instead of today’s 12 million], all the traffic issues could be solved without enormous sums of money,” Savchenko told his colleagues from Moscow.
Sobyanin said that “although the suggestion sounds more like a joke, there may be a grain of truth in it.”
“During the summer, many elderly Muscovites were suffocating in concrete boxes,” the mayor recalled. “Why not build special camps for them so that they could go there and live for some time in comfortable village houses in the countryside?”
Sobyanin said that quite a lot of elderly people are scattered all over the central Russia, living in old and cold countryside houses all alone.
“Together with other regions, we could provide them with much better conditions, with proper household, medical and social facilities,” the mayor said. “Moscow is ready to take the project under its wing. Some regions have already offered their help.”
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