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Yuri Trutnev considers the construction of a bridge to Sakhalin a self-sustaining project - EastRussia | Far East

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Yuri Trutnev considers the construction of a bridge to Sakhalin a self-supporting project

The construction of the bridge on Sakhalin will reduce the prices for a number of products, the cost of which on the island is higher than on the mainland. This was stated by the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation - Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Far Eastern Federal District Yuri Trutnev at the final press conference of the WEF-2018.

As the TASS, the plenipotentiary considers construction of the bridge as a self-supporting project. For example, in Sakhalin, the cost of building materials is two or three times higher than the mainland. Only for the construction of objects the budgetary sphere of the island spends 90 billion rubles annually. Savings for the island region, according to Yuri Trutnev, may amount to 40 billion rubles.

However, the plenipotentiary specified that it is quite difficult to calculate the payback of infrastructure projects. At the moment, a realistic assessment of the freight base of the project is under way. Its profitability has yet to be proved.

Meanwhile, the media reported that the bridge will most likely not be built. As reported "Vedomosti", referring to the words of the top managers of the coal companies, cargo for the bridge, which would make it possible to recoup the project, is not enough.