Anahit Bakhshyan, “Yelq” Alliance, Arayik Harutyunyan, “Yelq” Alliance, Naira Nahapetyan, The Republican Party of Armenia, Surik Ohanyan, Director of “Yerevan Project” Institute, Hayk Petrosyan, “Yerkir Tsirani” Party, Stela Aghajanyan, “Yerkir Tsirani” Party, were the speakers of the debate.
Arayik Harutyunyan said that the urban problems are numerous in Yerevan and first of all the mentality should be changed.
“Our municipal authorities keep saying that they make efforts to unload the city center mainly with credits and make great investments for the city reforms but we must first focus on the mentality. When they unload and at the same time the construction continues in the same way and apartment buildings are constructed in the center of Yerevan, here you cannot give any solution. The city authorities have failed in this regard,” Harutyunyan said.
Anahit Bakhshyan is mostly concerned with the vast constructing of the city.
“Whereever there is a place of a heel a multi-storied building is constructed. I am concerned about the areas that people have privatized some time before, the foundation was dug up and it has remained for twenty years. There is no air to breath in Yerevan; it was at the expense of green areas and parks. There is another very important issue: the situation of cellars of Yerevan buildings.They have either turned into a business or they are in a condition that we should think about having shelters. We need to understand the logic of urban development of the city,” Bakhshyan said.
Naira Nahapetyan said that Yerevan has blossomed in recent years, 7 hectares of green space has been expanded, and the irrigation network has been installed in the city of Yerevan.
“Yard areas have increased by 1,600 playgrounds, Yerevan is gradually becoming a truly beautiful and comfortable city. The center is very busy indeed, that is why we initiate the construction of bypass roads to be able to unload the city,” Nahapetyan said.
Stela Aghajanyan says that the city is not only polluted but sick as there is no concept in the city at all.
“ It is unclear in what the direction of the urban development is, chaotic construction is rooted, the old boiler houses are occupied not intensively and high-rise buildings are built on them. The architecture of historical cultural buildings is destroyed,” Aghajanyan said.
Surik Ohanyan says that what is provided in the master plan of urban development, it is the balanced development of Yerevan.
“The objective is the decentralization of Yerevan center and the active development of the life in other districts. It involves the improvement of yard areas, squares, and kids’ playgrounds, restoration of schools and kinder gardens, also the improvement of job environment,” Ohanyan said.
He notes that the second focus is the unloading of the center, the conceptual question of transport, the regulation of the traffic in the center, the project of transit roads of the city, which according to Ohanyan, has been designed and would be discussed again in the framework of the plan review.
Hayk Petrosyan said that the solution of the transport problem is very important.
“We propose to change the public transport, it means to eliminate the concept of "Gazelle". Second, the police should make sure that taxis do not park at public transport stops. These city authorities have already demonstrated their abilities which are inefficient ... Something may be conducted but its effectiveness is very low. A high-rise building is under construction in our yard for seven years, it means seven years of dust, seven years of cement; there is no road for seven years. These issues are resolved quickly in the case of the political will and decision, even the financing issues,” Petrosyan said.
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Lilit Arakelyan, Editor-coordinator at “Media Center”
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