RCC allocated almost RUB 1.2 Bln for the development of Karabash
The funds were spent on building and repairing social facilities, infrastructure, and landscaping.
Since 2010, Russian Copper Company (JSC RCC) has allocated about RUB 1.19 Bln for the development of the social sphere of Karabash (Chelyabinsk Region), in which the Karabashmed Copper-Smelting Plant (part of the RCC Group) operates. The funds were spent on building and repairing pre-schools, secondary, and additional education institutions, sports and healthcare facilities, housing and communal services infrastructure, reconstruction of memorials and monuments, landscaping, assistance to socially vulnerable groups, and other initiatives.
On October 23, the leaders of RCC and the Karabash urban district presented the results of the work to the Governor of Chelyabinsk Region Alexei Teksler during his working trip to the municipality. The delegation visited kindergarten No. 11 that was renovated at the company's expense, the new universal sports complex Metallurg, and the repaired Memorial of Glory.
In addition, the leaders visited the construction site of a modern shopping and entertainment center, which RCC plans to open in 2020, and discussed the long-term plans. RCC President Vsevolod Levin presented to Alexei Teksler a project for constructing a modern residential complex in the town center on 3,400 square meters of housing, and Oleg Budanov, the head of the Karabash urban district, presented a plan for improving the central town square and a project for creating a comfortable urban environment “Veterans Alley”, which was developed at the expense of RCC and in 2019 received a federal grant for implementation based on the results of the All-Russian contest “Small Towns and Historical Settlements”.
A comment by the Governor of Chelyabinsk Region Alexei Teksler: “Only the integrated development of the territory and, above all, social investments play a significant role now. Without the social sphere, it is rather difficult to talk about the development of economic potential. The district has a socially-oriented partner, it is always good and right when it comes to an industrial enterprise. The facilities that we saw today are really good. These are really good examples of such collaboration. And we need to go on”.
A comment by RCC President Vsevolod Levin: “Along with organizing modern and safe production, it is important for us to create in Karabash the comfortable living conditions for our employees, their family members, and the entire population of the district. Therefore, simultaneously with investing in Karabashmed, which is a major employer, we are developing the social sphere. Our task is to achieve the goals of the town's strategic development program with the support of the regional government and the Karabash administration so that the quality of life in Karabash is not inferior to million-plus cities”.
In 2016, RCC drew up the strategic development program of the Karabash urban district together with the administration of the municipality. In 2017, the government of the Chelyabinsk region, the administration of Karabash, and Russian Copper Company signed an agreement on the implementation of the document. The program includes projects for the construction of social facilities, residential and commercial real estate, the improvement of leisure and recreation areas, the development of engineering networks and infrastructure, as well as road construction. In 2017-2019, more than half of the planned activities were implemented. Until the concept of strategic development was adopted, no new social facilities were built in Karabash for about 30 years.