Months ago we needed a truck to get to Mataghis, today with smooth asphalt, everybody is traveling comfortably. 5.5 kilometers of Martakert-Mataghis road has been constructed this year with the funding of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund.
Zaven Avanesyan, head of the frontier community, notes that the movement to the village has become more active, and taxi drivers are no longer rejecting the residents of Maghaghis. “Taxis are quite affordable, but before the asphalting, it can be said that they were almost twice expensive. And today, when at least part of the road is asphalted, there is a big difference in transport costs, which is of vital importance for the population.
Before the asphalting, a large amount of earthwork was done. As a result, the curves were widened. At the start of the road construction, drivers were overjoyed. Driver Avetik Adamyan says that cars were repaired friquently. “In the past, it took almost 1.5 hours from Martakert to Mataghis because the road was in poor condition. Now we reach the village in about 40 minutes, as the road is quite normal, half asphalted. We hope that the rest of the road will be asphalted in the near future.
On the road to Mataghis one can often see military vehicles. Defenders of the northern part of the state border also drive here, but already comfortably. Mrs. Susanna, who is a teacher at Mataghis Secondary School, is at peace now. Remembering the nightmare of April War, she says the road to the border village was needed, besides, the children come to classes clean. "The school yard is clean from outside and inside, as the children come to classes on an asphalted road. On the other hand, the livelihood of the villagers has become easier, especially for the drivers. They went to work every day on these roads. It was really hard,” says Susanna Mejlumyan.
"If there is a paved way, the community will flourish," says Mataghis resident Stepan Avanesyan, pointing to recent investments in business and hydropower. It is well known that in 2020 the next 5 km section will be asphalted, as well as the Talish border road. “We have to admit that with time our lives become easier, I can't compare the situation with the 90's, for example. If we have independence and a state, then we can do everything. On the one hand, the state invests, on the other, we, and we are able to create the necessary conditions. ”
The Hayastan All-Armenian Fund has been in Mataghis village of Artsakh for a long time. With the efforts of the Toronto All-Armenian affiliate, the secondary school building was built. Since April 2016 the school and kindergarten have been renovated.