Spinu Unveils Moldova’s Infrastructure Reconstruction Plan

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Reconstruction of roads, bridges, ports, ensuring drinking water and access to sewerage systems for all citizens - these are the priorities of Moldova’s Infrastructure Reconstruction Plan for the coming years. The plan was unveiled by Infrastructure and Regional Development Minister Andrei Spinu. The Chisinau authorities also plan to build the Ungheni-Chisinau-Odesa motorway and reconstruct the state port of Giurgiulesti. “Moldova needs a reconstruction plan. Only with a developed infrastructure Moldova will become a truly European country. Over the last 30 years, the authorities have done too little to develop infrastructure, and we see and feel it. Bad infrastructure means poverty,” Infrastructure and Regional Development Minister Andrei Spinu said. At the press conference, he unveiled a 5+1 priority plan for the reconstruction of Moldova’s infrastructure, “which will create European living conditions for every citizen”. Priority No. 1 is European roads throughout the country. All national and regional high-speed roads, i.e. almost 6,000 kilometers, should be of good and very good quality. Andrei Spinu spoke about the infrastructure facilities put into operation over the past 2 years, including the Pruncul Bridge, Giurgiulesti Bridge and Leova-Bumbata pontoon bridge. “We will build more roads and bridges in the coming period. The construction of the Soroca-Arionesti-Otaci section has already started. The Troita-Noua bypass road, the Hancesti-Lapusna road, the Cimislia city belt, the Vulcanesti city belt, sectors 2 and 3 of the Chisinau city belt, Balti-Criva road, Chisinau-Leuseni road, Hancesti-Leova-Cantemir-Cahul-Giurgiulesti road, bridges over the Prut Cahul-Oancea, Leuseni-Albita, Sculeni-Sculeni will soon be put into operation,” Andrei Spinu listed. “Priority No. 2 - European railway and maritime transport”. “We need to increase the speed with which the trains travel on Moldova’s territory and to develop the state port Giurgiulesti,” the infrastructure and regional development minister said. The authorities have completed the preparation of a national program of support for carriers to renew the car fleet. “People should ride on modern, safe and comfortable transport. For this purpose, we must help transport operators to renew their vehicle fleet,” the official noted. At the same time, measures to combat illegal passenger transport will be continued and the use of public transport will be simplified for citizens and business entities. The procedure of calculating tariffs for passenger and bus transport will be changed. Another priority, presented by Andrei Spinu, is the provision of water to the country’s residents. “By 2030, we aim to connect all localities to public water and sewerage networks.” Priority No. 5 is the national European Village Program, launched in 2022 on the initiative of President Maia Sandu. “+1 in Moldova’s Reconstruction Plan is major projects of national importance. The construction of the Ungheni-Chisinau-Odesa motorway is a strategic project that will develop the country and connect Moldova with the European Union. A high-speed railway of European gauge, connecting Bucharest with Chisinau and Chisinau with Odesa. Modernization of Chisinau airport, whose capacity is currently limited to 3 million passengers per year. According to forecasts, in the next few years we will see an increase in traffic up to 5 million passengers. In this context, it is necessary to start as soon as possible the construction of a new terminal, which will meet the European standards and will connect the population, the diaspora and the European business environment with the Moldovan one,” Andrei Spinu said. The plan also stipulates the reconstruction of the Giurgiulesti state port, as well as the construction of new bridges over the Prut and Dniester rivers.