Moscow-StPetersburg road to be built across Khimki Forest

MOSCOW. December 15. KAZINFORM The government commission has recommended the building of a new highway connecting Moscow and St.Petersburg across the Khimki Forest, in accordance with the initially approved version, Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said, commenting on the results of the meeting of the government commission for transport and communication, which discuss the building of a highway between the two capitals; Kazinform refers to Itar-Tass.

According to Ivanov, the resolution of the commission on the building of the highway, which triggered a lively public discussion and protests of a number of ecological organisations, was adopted "proceeding from a complex of all factors - including the transport one, the economic, social and legal ones, as well as the time limits for the implementation of the project."

According to his information, the section of the Moscow-St.Petersburg highway going across the Khimki Forest will be built before the end of 2013.

"The present version of the project provides for the compensation of the damage to the natural environment, to be done by the building of the highway, amounting to three billion roubles. We decided today to increase the sum to four billion roubles. 100 hectares of forest will be cut down during the building of the highway, and to compensate for that, a new forest will be planted on a territory of 500 hectares," he said; Kazinform cites Itar-Tass.

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