The President observed the ceremony of laying the ‘silver link’ – a railway section symbolising the launch of modernisation of the Trans-Siberian Railway and Baikal-Amur Mainline, and spoke to BAM builders and veterans.
President of Russia VLADIMIR PUTIN: Mr Yakunin, friends, good afternoon.
I am very happy to see you all and congratulate you on this event.
I see some veterans there, among them outstanding personalities in the history of the railway, and also young people, who will carry on your traditions – and are already doing this, I am sure.
”The BAM was not only a colossal construction project, but also a huge challenge for the country. People had to work in very harsh conditions; this was a strain for the entire nation, and especially for those people who actually worked there. What they did was undoubtedly a heroic feat.“
The BAM was not only a colossal construction project, but also a huge challenge for the country. It had great strategic military and economic significance. People had to work in very harsh climatic and geological conditions; this was a strain for the entire nation, and especially for those people who actually worked there. What they did was undoubtedly a heroic feat.
Unfortunately, in the 1990s the country faced certain difficulties, primarily those of an economic nature. The question arose whether the railway was worth the effort. However, by the beginning of the century these sentiments gave way to the recognition that the BAM has great value for the country.
Today, as you may know, we are working to expand the mainline and to establish this country as a powerful transportation nation; we want the BAM to be comfortable, easy and profitable to use not only for Russia, but for our partners as well. We intend to invest in the mainline’s expansion and, in my view, this should inspire our veterans, should demonstrate that their efforts were not wasted, that they have implemented a project that is of great importance for the country, a project that will be carried on.
I would like to thank you for your work and congratulate you on this anniversary.