"The construction of new roads in the suburban settlements of Baku will be of particular importance this year. Last year, we started to do this work on a larger scale. Of course, roads in some settlements are in terrible condition, and this is unacceptable. We are building beautiful roads to the most remote mountain villages, but here, in the suburbs of Baku, roads are in poor condition. Therefore, appropriate instructions have been issued. More attention was paid to this area last year. It will be a priority among road construction programs this year,"President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said in his speech at the conference dedicated to the results of first-year implementation of "The State Program on socio-economic development of the regions of the Republic of Azerbaijan in 2019-2023" held on February 2020, ONA reports.
The head of state noted that in general, there are plans to build a thousand kilometers of roads this year. "A thousand kilometers were also planned last year. But, as I said, 1,300 kilometers were eventually built. It is not ruled out that the length of the roads that will be built this year will also exceed the plan.
Regarding the restoration and construction of railways. There are plans to increase the speed of the Ganja-Georgian border railway. The construction of the Baku-Ganja railway has been fully completed. While visiting Ganja, I promised that this would be achieved. And it happened. Today, one can travel from Baku to Ganja on a very comfortable high-speed train. And now it is necessary to complete the restoration of this railway to the border. Also on the agenda is the reconstruction of the Baku-Yalama railway, which is an integral part of the North-South transport corridor. Along with this, there are plans to lay a railway line from Khudat to Shahdag. The Shahdag ski resort is known today not only in the CIS, but also throughout the world. After the commissioning of its second phase, interest further increased. Therefore, a railway line must definitely be built to this resort. This will bring comfort to those living in the district, foreign visitors and residents of Baku. A relevant order has already been issued and funds have been allocated."