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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Head of Lugansk GMA Discussed Concerns with Workers at Marshal Plant

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Today, Lugansk GMA* Head Manolis Pilavov discussed topical concerns with employees of the Marshal pipeline-fittings works. Pilavov said of his visit, “Such meetings are necessary to know the views of ordinary people on how to manage the city. If we don’t learn such, the authorities won’t be able to cope with ordinary day-to-day situations that arise in our life”. He spoke about the work of public services during the fighting in the summer of 2014, about the problems faced during the last heating season, and about the current situation in Lugansk, saying, “All public utilities are still working smoothly, although, for the first time in many years, the city budget is zero. In order to meet our community needs, we’ve gotten assistance from the LNR Government, the Russian Federation, and from business elements”.

  • GMA: State Municipal Administration, administrative apparat of a city

The factory workers asked Pilavov pointed questions about water supply, rehabilitation of housing damaged by the fighting, and improvement in public transport. Pilavov replied, “The fighting’s damaged about 400 apartment buildings and about 1,300 private houses. The second stage of restoration includes about 840 private houses and 150 apartment buildings. In addition, we’re working on repairing 34 Lugansk socio-cultural facilities. We’ll have that done by the end of 2015. After restoring social benefits, restoring destroyed facilities is our next priority. Today, there are problems with public transport. Before the start of hostilities and the economic blockade of the city, we had about 1,200 vehicles; now, we only have a third of that number. When motor transport companies that left Lugansk because of the war return to it, then, we could reactivate public transport routes now inactive”.

Those factory workers who wanted to ask Pilavov questions, but couldn’t because of time limits, were asked to contact the Мир Луганщине (Mir Luganshchine: World of Luganshchina) movement, of which he’s the local head. At the end of the meeting, Pilavov said, “I thank all of you; you showed what you were made of in going through all our difficulties. After all, thanks to you, our city lives… its resistance amazes all those who come here. I promise to make meetings like this a regular thing”.

The Marshal plant started in 1992, when it rolled out its first ball valve. Before the outbreak of the war, the plant’s products included more than 5,500 sizes, there were more than 1,200 employees, and the enterprise covered 20,231 square metres (@2 hectares/217,764 square feet (@5 acres)). Annually, the plant produced about 300,000 units. During the fighting in summer 2014, Workshop-1 and storage areas, a foundry, and a warehouse for finished products received direct hits. Total damage included more than 200 square metres (2,152 square feet) of glazing, 300 square metres of roofing in various workshops 3,228 square feet), and more than 150 square metres (1,614 square feet) of exterior façade. Builders restored all the damage within a month; the company was one of the first to resume production in Lugansk.

18 August 2015

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