50 shades of snow

50 shades of snow

February 05, 2021

Norilsk residents will monitor the quality of street cleaning from snow.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Nowadays, residents of the northern city complain a lot about the quality of snow and solid municipal waste removal. They are annoyed by the piles of snow and debris in the yards.

According to the city authorities, this year there was almost three times more snow than in the past:

“After heavy snowfalls, frosts set in, and the equipment malfunctioned – these factors combined and led to the fact that snow removal is carried out intermittently”.

Nevertheless, special equipment removes snow from city highways every day, and management companies take out up to 60 pieces of snow-removal equipment daily to clear yards.

Maksim Mironov, a member of the Public Chamber, suggested using the experience of other cities: to introduce a software package so that the residents of Norilsk could monitor the work of snow removal equipment.

“This will help make snow removal more transparent. In addition, the townspeople, on a free basis, would help to monitor the situation, suggest problem areas”, stressed Maxim Mironov.

The City Council supported this idea, but noted that Norilsk is the Far North, and the task of complete snow removing is senseless and has never been set.

“Of course, we all see that this winter snow removal is worse than before, but first of all, the condition of the roads and access to apartment buildings should be ensured. Snow removal is carried out in the amount for which funding is provided. If we want to remove the fallen snow completely, we will have to pay for this. And not only from the budget – the maintenance of the adjoining territories is carried out at the expense of residents”, said the City Counsil’s head Alexander Pestryakov.

Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko

February 05, 2021

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