Medvedev instructed the Ministry of environment to prepare a programme for the solution of problems with water in the Crimea

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MOSCOW, 8 Aug. /Basereporter.com/. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev instructed the Ministry of environment until September 10 to develop a program to eliminate the shortage of water in Crimea and other regions of the country. The relevant document at the meeting on socio-economic development of Crimea and Sevastopol held on 30 July, published on the website of the Cabinet on Wednesday.

In accordance with the instructions of the Ministry of environment should form a working group that will include representatives of the Ministry of defense, Rosatom, Russian Academy of Sciences and the interested subjects of the Federation.

Medvedev also gave instructions on implementation of the Federal target program (FTP) “Socio-economic development of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol until 2020”. In particular, the economic development Ministry, transport Ministry, energy Ministry, Ministry of culture, other Federal agencies, as well as the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, the government will need to undertake “exhaustive measures for unconditional execution of obligations on performance of the actions [of the Federal target] programs in a timely manner”.

The Prime Minister also instructed the Ministry of agriculture jointly with regional governments until 25 September to develop measures to encourage the development of agro-industrial complex of the Crimea.

Problems with the water supply of the Crimea and Sevastopol began three years ago, when Ukraine unilaterally cut off the water from the Kherson region, which was received in the North-Crimean canal, which closed about 90% of the needs of the Peninsula in the water. In the most difficult situations were the Eastern regions of the Peninsula, where about 400 thousand people. Problem is solved by drilling wells and construction of a conduit for filling reservoirs found in this part of the Peninsula. Central, Western and Northern Crimea experiencing problems with water supply due to groundwater.

The Federal program of socio-economic development of Crimea and Sevastopol until 2020 was adopted in 2014, it aims to upgrade the engineering, transport and social infrastructure of the regions. In 2015, curator of this programme was the Ministry of economic development. Funding within the Federal program is 837 billion roubles, including 791 billion – at the expense of the Federal budget. During a working trip on 30 July, the head of the Ministry Maxim Oreshkin said on the possibility of extending the Federal program until 2022.

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