Samara waiting for 2018 World Cup: ramshackle houses to be hidden behind fences
104 buildings will be closed by false front; 20 million rubles ($358.000) will be spent.
The authorities of Samara decided to set fences in front of emergency buildings or close them with false fronts on the eve of 2018 World Cup, matches of which will be held in this city.
This was told in an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda - Samara by Head of the City Planning Department Elena Bondarenko.
The height of the fences, which will be made of different materials, will be 2 - 2.5 meters.
104 buildings located along guest and tourist routes will be covered with falsehoods and about 20 million rubles will be spent on this.
"The emergency resettled houses, which could not be demolished yet, will be temporarily hidden behind the false front. Those buildings that are in an unattractive state will be fenced off," Bondarenko said.
The regional Ministry of Housing and Communal Services, in turn, reported that false facades are planned to be installed on 104 buildings along guest and tourist routes. The cost of works is estimated at about 20 million rubles.
"We are trying to present Samara in the most favourable light before the guests of the sports festival," Head of the Department of Urban Development of Samara Elena Bondarenko said.
The Football World Cup will be held in Russia from June 14 to July 15, 2018. Samara will host six 2018 World Cup games, including a group stage game with the participation of the Russian national team and the quarterfinal.
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