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Gagik Aghbalyan

Two Stretches of Shirak Roads Remain Nearly Impassable Despite President’s Promise

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan has failed to meet his promise of fixing two patches of road in the country’s Shirak province.

Sargsyan made the promise five years ago as part of the 2014-2017 Socio-Economic Development Plan for Shirak.

130 million AMD (US$273,000) was to be allocated in 2016 to fix three kilometers of the Meghrashat-Byurakn roadway and 240 million AMD was to go to repairing five kilometers of the Voghdji-Meghrashat roadway.

Both stretches remain practically impassable.

Meghrashat Mayor Vahram Saghatelyan told Hetq that Serzh Sargsyan promised to rebuild the roadway in question in 2011.

“I wrote to him in 2011, asking that the road be renovated. The president replied that it would be part of the 2012 program. The road has yet to be renovated. I’ve written to the provincial authority every year. We live a mere 500 meters from the Turkish border. Shouldn’t we have a decent road?” asks Saghatelyan.

Part of the 2014-2017 Shirak Development Plan calls for the creation of a milk purchasing site for the communities of Akhourian, Djrarat, Djrapi, Meghrashat and Pemashen.

According to a report provided by the Shirak Provincial Authority, there are only two milk purchasing sites in Shirak – one in Arevshat and another in Aregnadem.

There are four that aren’t operating currently – one each in Berdashen, Meghrashat, Djarpi and Artik.

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