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Opening of the
railway connecting Yakutia with the main Russian railways
In Yakutia, Russian
President Dmitry Medvedev took part in an official opening ceremony of
the Berkakit-Tommot-Nizhny Bestyakh railway.
Dmitry Medvedev attended a ceremony on November 15, 2011 dedicated to
the construction of a railway stretch, which will cut the shortest way
to the capital of Yakutia, Yakutsk.
The "golden track," laid in a ceremonial setting, linked the town of
Berkatit of the Baikal Amur Railway and Nizhny Bestyakh, 15 kilometers
congratulated everyone who took part in the construction of this
railway line, stressing that the work was carried out in permafrost
and the difficult conditions of the Russian North.
SPEECH BY PRESIDENT OF
RUSSIA DMITRY MEDVEDEV:
It is a wonderful day today, a memorable day, because we are about to
take what is perhaps the most eagerly awaited step towards the launch
of the Amur-Yakutsk Railway. The construction began back in the 1980s
and for various reasons - the difficulties in the country and the lack
of funding - the project took several decades to complete. The last
stage was carried out at an accelerated pace and today we will have an
opportunity to take part in the conclusion of this enormous and
vitally important work.
This is Russia's most northerly railway, and it will be part of the
nationwide rail network of our great motherland. It is truly crucial
event for the residents of Yakutia and for our entire nation. Our most
important task for today is to thank all those who took part in the
You brought this project to its conclusion working in permafrost and
in the complex conditions of the Russian climate. Well done, you
deserve the greatest praise, the highest commendations. But that's not
all - we are about to take part in a symbolic event. It is essential
for us to extend the railway to Yakutsk, to pass over Lena and make
sure that everything is done as it should be (applause). I knew you
would react to it properly, because we really must do it.
Railways are not built for the sake of laying metal on the ground but
for the people, for you. So we'll make the connection, have no doubt
about it. But that is not all because we have big plans for how we
develop the railways in the North. And I am confident that these plans
will be implemented in the coming decades and in this respect we will
become the most advanced country in the world. And I very much hope
that everyone present here will be involved in this.
Dear friends, my congratulations to all of you. I am very happy to be
here with you today. Once again I would like to thank all those who
built the railway, who provided assistance, who hoped and waited, and
who finally got a chance to witness this great event. So, let's all
say thank you, and I give the command to start the laying of the final
Medvedev said at the
ceremony that a railway crossing would be built across the Lena River
near Yakutsk from the Amur-Yakutsk Railway.
"The crossing will be built by all means. Have no doubts about that,"
"We also have impressive plans to further develop railway
services in the North, which we hope will come true in the coming
decade," the Russian president said.
After a railway crossing is built across the Lena, the railway
will reach Yakutsk, while its other branch will run from Nizhny
Bestyakh to Magadan and further to the Bering Strait.
Official ceremony on the completion of the
Berkakit-Tommot-Nizhny Bestyakh railway.
Viewing a model of the railway bridge across the Lena River
before the opening ceremony for the Berkakit-Tommot-Nizhny Bestyakh
railway line. With Head of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Yegor
Borisov (right) and Transport Minister Igor Levitin.