Meeting with Tver Region Governor Igor Rudenya 2022-05-06 13:55:00 The Kremlin, Moscow Vladimir Putin held a working meeting with Tver Region Governor Igor Rudenya at the Kremlin. Gas supply in the region, construction of the Western Bridge in Tver, and development of the Zavidovo resort were discussed. The governor stressed the importance of gas supply in the Tver Region. The programme for this was organised with the active participation of the Government, in line with the President’s instructions; it is worth more than 20 billion rubles in monetary terms. The implementation began in 2022 with the support of Gazprom. All municipal facilities and all regional property and social facilities – schools, hospitals, kindergartens, libraries, and sports centres – will have gas by 2025, with Russian-made materials used in the gas supply programme: pipes are produced in the Tver Region, among other things. Igor Rudenya noted how important it was to implement the decision adopted in line with the President’s instructions on additional gas supply and connecting households free of charge. Now 6,900 households are getting additional gas supply. The Governor also noted that the gas supply will provide an opportunity to attract new investment, create new jobs in the non-budgetary sector, and increase the competitiveness of enterprises. Answering Vladimir Putin’s question about the construction of the bridge, the governor said that it was an excellent project for which local people are grateful to the President. The large project includes three bridges: the main bridge across the Volga, which is 2,900 metres long with six lanes, as well as two additional flyovers across the Oktyabrskaya railway; and the reconstruction of the railway bridge, with the main Oktyabrskaya railway line. Accordingly, another, fourth bridge was added, in order to avoid a collapse at the exit to the St Petersburg Motorway. Igor Rudenya spoke about the investment project to develop the Zavidovo resort. Today, there are two hotels and a camping site there, and two large water parks of international stature and two hotels are under construction with the support of the Government and Rostourism. In addition to this, the governor reported that the port had already been built. The water area and quay wall have been completed. The foundation of the river port passenger station is planned after the May holidays. It will be made in the Stalin-era Empire style, and the region has proposed making it the starting point of tourist routes along the Volga. It is planned that the tourist season will start there in 2024. All types of vessels will be able to enter the port. Igor Rudenya suggested to the President establishing a large museum at the Rzhev memorial to the Soviet soldier built on the site of bloody battles near Rzhev in 1942–1943. In 2020, President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko participated in the unveiling of the memorial. The governor said that if the President supported the museum project, it would be implemented by the 80th anniversary of the Great Victory in 2025.