Nizhny Novgorod housing services has successfully reached the 2018 FIFA World Cup halfway point with a positive outcome and clean and safe streets, Nizhny Novgorod Region Minister of Energy, Housing and Utilities Andrei Chertkov said during a conference at the City Press Center.
According to Chertkov, the main part of the championship preparations concerned energy.
"We have prepared the stadium infrastructure. We have launched several projects since 2014, first and foremost, substations providing electricity to Strelka. The stadium was designed for a large capacity, about 8 MW. We have installed additional unit substations with a total capacity of about 4.5 MW, but the stadium is using no more than 3 MW. This means that we have created a safety margin for our energy supply. Now we are starting to think how we can use this supply for the city," Andrei Chertkov said.
According to the minister, the surplus power supply will come in handy for further events held at Strelka. It is planned that by the time of the city's 800th anniversary, which is celebrated in 2021, urban improvement works will be completed and an attraction center, like the new park in the city of Krasnodar near the Krasnodar Stadium, will be built.
The minister noted that about 100 power engineers, as well as employees of a local company, now work at the stadium. He added that the city was managing the situation by itself, without attracting any outside workers.
"Vacations are suspended during the World Cup and everybody is working where they should be: housing companies as well as cleaning firms. We received a lot of questions about garbage collection, because there are many tourists, especially in central areas. But we are in control of the situation twenty four hours a day," Chertkov said.