Yuriy Zinchuk, host: “This week Alexander Beglov took part in the opening of a factory which will produce machinery for utility services. Including those which will clear the streets of snow. A very timely thing – considering the conclusions which were drawn after this past winter. A major conglomerate from Finland invested into the construction of this factory. Alexander Beglov noted that the lack of the so-called “small-scale” cleaning machinery has been one of the most painful problems for St. Petersburg’s utility services. The past winter clearly showed that the city’s utility system was in need of an urgent reboot. The plan of multi-faceted modernization of utility services is being worked out now. It’s already clear – the machinery units need to be doubled. Small-sized, multi-functional machines of high maneuverability are in particular demand – and those could be used all year round. Clear the streets from snow, wash the streets, sidewalks and narrow passages off the dirt. According to the interim governor Alexander Beglov, the era of the spades is long gone. The city’s important utility tasks need modern solutions”.
Alexander Beglov, interim governor of St. Petersburg: “This winter was difficult for us, but we have survived it – and are getting ready for the next one. Today we need to buy additional machinery, doubling the existing fleet. The most important task for us in the coming season is to avoid using spades – by me and my colleagues, and anyone else. We’ll prepare thoroughly for