ArmInfo. Old Passenger <GAZelle> minibuses in Yerevan will be replaced not by buses, but simply by new <GAZelle> minibuses, as was the case before. David
Khazhakyan, a member of the <Luys> opposition faction, the only
representative of the Bright Armenia party in the Council of Elders
of the Metropolitan Municipality made a similar statement during a
press conference on August 31.
In this vein, he referred to the 5-year program for the development
of the capital's economy, which, according to the new project of the
transport network, excludes the operation of "GAZelle> minibuses as
public transport, which should be replaced by buses 18m., 12m. and
7.5-8.5 m. length. In particular, the new transport network was
designed by WYG, whose obligations have already been covered.
According to Khazhakyan, the new transport network provides for the
purchase of 900 new vehicles.
"In April this year, the mayor announced that a tender had been
announced for the purchase of 100 buses with 12-meter length.
However, the tender did not take place, there are no winners. And
instead of 100 buses, new <GAZelle> minibuses will be ordered," said
a member of the <Luys> faction. As a confirmation of his words,
Khazhakyan cited the technical parameters noted in the tender of the
Munici[pality, which almost fully correspond to the parameters of the
<GAZelle> minibuses that have long been familiar to us. The only
difference will be the convenience for people with disabilities.
"Instead of 100 new <GAZelle> minibuses, 70-80 medium size buses
could be purchased," he complained. According to Khazhakyan, the
solution to this issue may be the involvement of private investors
who would be engaged in the process of purchasing new buses. "Yes, it
will take time, but if we do not start now, I have no idea what our
future will be," the MP stressed.
In addition, he drew attention to the fact that according to the
decision of the Armenian government, <GAZelle> minibuses, whose
service life exceeds 15 years, cannot be used in the transport
network of the republic. According to Khazhakyan, there are 450 such
route taxis in Armenia today. "Thus, continuing to operate these
<GAZelle> minibuses we violate the government's decision, in the
event of an explosion or other incidents, the person directly
responsible for this process will be brought to criminal
responsibility. Either it is necessary to remove these minibuses
from the transport network, or to make amendments and additions to
the decision of the RA government," he said.
However, in a telephone conversation with the correspondent of
ArmInfo, the press secretary of the Yerevan Municipality Hakob
Karapetyan explained that the purchase of small buses, and not
minibuses, as David Khazhakyan claims, does not rule out and in no
way replaces the previously announced tender for the purchase of 100
buses with 12-meter length. <In view of the fact that, as a result
of the tender announced in April for the purchase of 100 new buses,
the winner was not determined due to non-compliance with the
parameters, so as not to waste time, we announced a tender for the
purchase of 100 small buses, considering this exclusively as a
so-called intermediate option >, he said.
At the same time, he assured that in the near future, as soon as all
the necessary procedures are prepared, the Mayor's Office will
announce a new tender for the purchase of 100 buses with 12-meter
length. To recall, in July this year, Yerevan Mayor Hayk Marutyan on
his Facebook page stated that the Yerevan Municipality was purchasing
100 new small buses. "What seemed impossible a year ago has now
become a reality," Marutyan said. He stressed that the Mayor's Office
intends to purchase 100 small buses at the expense of the city
The Mayor recalled that a tender was announced in April for the
purchase of 100 12-meter buses for town services, the purchase of
which is carried out with financial assistance from the European Bank
for Reconstruction and Development. One of the main requirements for
the participants in the new tender is the presence of a low floor for
lifting wheelchairs, heating and ventilation, and the presence of a
fire extinguisher in the driver's cab. "We expect that this batch of
small buses will be in Yerevan in the coming months, and the next 100
buses with 12- meter length will operate a little later, and we will
already have a noticeable improvement in one of our key areas -
public transport," Hayk Marutyan wrote.