On November 28, NKR Minister of Urban Development Karen Shahramanyan, during a meeting with journalists, briefed on the works underway in the frameworks of the program on reviving Talish village of the Martakert region.
During the April war, this border village suffered the most human and material losses. Recently, the authorities have announced projects on the revival of the village and started to implement them rapidly, eliminating the traces of destruction.
According to Mr. Shahramanyan, the Government will use all its capabilities to revive the village. He noted that the project was and is greatly supported by Hayastan All-Armenian Fund. The funds raised during the recent telethon, initiated by the Fund, will be used for the restoration of the affected settlements of Artsakh and for ensuring the security and protection of the peaceful population. Talish stands first in this list.
Karen Shahramanyan also noted that already prepared a new draft of the Talysh planning, according to which the community will have a new kindergarten, school, home celebrations. It is intended to improve the area around the village, look good on the road entering the village and its surroundings.
According to the new planning of Talish, the community will have a new kindergarten, a school, and a hall. It is planned to improve the village's inside and surrounding area, as well as the road entering the village.
What is the revival of Talish for us? Will the people return to the village or are we resolving merely a moral issue?
Mr. Shahramanyan noted that the issue could be considered from different points of view, and all of them are true. In any case, the aim is to fully revive Talish, and the resolution of this issue, as noted by the NKR President, is a matter of honor.
Recently, NKR President Bako Sahakyan, accompanied by other officials, has visited Talish. The village is fully provided with electricity, and the water-supply system will be restored in the coming days. Ten men from Talish, who were forced to leave the village after the April war, have returned there, trying to be helpful in the restoration of the water-supply system.
Part of the residents of Talish live currently in Alashan settlement, where living conditions were created for them. They live in temporary shelters, so many people want to return to their homes. It is also planned to resume the school's operation in coming September and to ensure a normal life in Talish.
Naturally, without security guarantees would be difficult to solve the rehabilitation problem here. head of the central information department of D. Babayan was told on one occasion that all the works will be resolved before the security problem. Asked whether there are security guarantees for the population, K. Shahramanyan. 100tokosanots difficult to talk about security guarantees for the war, but Talish vulnerable to the same as the direction of a number of other areas where people live. In general, the guarantee of our security, our troops are strong frontline.
Naturally, without security guarantees it will be difficult to solve the issue of revival here. When asked by the journalists whether there are security guarantees for the population, Mr. Shahramanyan answered that it was difficult to talk about 100-percent security guarantees in the war conditions, but Talish is as much vulnerable as some other populated villages in this direction. In general, the guarantees of our security are our soldiers are strong frontline.
What will be done with the temporary accommodation, for which budget funds were spent? According to Mr. Shahramanyan, they will serve as a summer camp, as good conditions are created here for summer recreation. As for the issue of employment, a small workshop will be built here, where mainly women will work. “Talish stands first on our northern border, and it will always be in the focus of the Government’s attention. This, of course, does not mean that other villages will be overlooked, but Talish needs greater attention”, said Karen Shahramanyan.
The Minister also referred to another strategic project implemented by Hayastan All-Armenian Fund – the reconstruction of the Vardenis-Martakert highway. He informed that the reconstruction of the 114-kilometer highway was at the final stage. Mr. Shahramanyan noted that the highway is important with several regards. It shortens the Yerevan-Stepanakert route for an hour; it is more comfortable, with beautiful and attractive scenery along it. Naturally, it will also contribute to the social-economic development of the nearby villages. The funds raised during the telethons organized by Hayastan All-Armenian Fund in 2013 and 2014 were spent for the implementation of the project.
Karen Shahramanyan also referred to other programs of the ministry, in particular, construction of individual houses, water-supply systems, and roads in some settlements, as well as planned and launched construction projects in Stepanakert, Shushi and other communities. Construction of a big cultural center in Stepanakert and improvement of the adjacent area are scheduled for 2017. The project will be funded by Tashir Foundation. According to the Minister of Urban Development, the construction year of 2017 will be full of works.