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Moscow Metro to drive tramps and beggars out
April 25, 2011 14:04

Moscow metro is overcrowded, and this is a problem. Many people have only one possibility to get to their office on time: metro. But comfort level in the most popular kind of public transport leaves a lot to be desired. Old models of cars don't have air condition, many travelling stairs still need maintenance. But it is not such a big problem, moreover, optimistic plans for modernization of Moscow underground are available. A problem without obvious solution is tramps, beggars and black trading in the Moscow Metro. New chief of Moscow Metro Ivan Besedin promised to remove them.

Muscovite sdon't want to see all this in the underground. Tramps sleep in the head and last cars, diffusing an odor which turns brains, especially in summer. It is not a secret that they are nasty untide and ill, and nobody would like such neighborhood: nobody knows, who sat on the bottom a minute before and what infection left. There is one more irritating social group - beggars asking money for a ticket home, for medical treatment, for eat. Many of them are professional beggars, and they don't excite to pity, only for annoyance and anger.

Similar category is illegal traders, offering to people lamps, fireworks, wonder-working spot removers etc. According to the source with reference on Ivan Besedin, new boss of Moscow metro, all they will be removed under program of global modernization of Moscow metro, which includes more concrete challenges like new loop lines and new trains. The same source says the program will cost the budget hundreds billion rubles.

According to Besedin, metro administration is familiar with the problem because of regular complaints on the people wearing stinky and soiling cloths, beggars and traders. He said the problem will be solved with the aid of law-enforcement authorities. The main goal of underground is comfort of passengers, Besedin added.

The way of solving problem looks like anti-terrorist measures on the railway stations with metal detectors. 46 metro stations of Moscow metro will be provided with integrated security systems by 2014. Test version is functioning at the metro station Okhotny Ryad. It includes devices for screening of passengers and their things. Total control is not happily real, so passengers will be examined at random. First security systems will appear at the stations tied with railway terminals.

Moreover, it was said that ventilation system of Moscow metro will be also improved during the next three years. The diggers say, it is easy to get to metro through ventilation holes. But most tramps, beggars and other public like them gets to metro in more traditional ways: with all the passengers. Meanwhile, both old and new metro regulations prohibit enter to metro for the people in messy soiling clothes, as well as smoking and begging in the cars and at the stations. The tramp problem is supposed to be solved some of these days. But is it so easy? Is there any alternative to homeless people, where to go instead of metro and stair cases in condominiums. Unfortunately, this is a more complicated, but not less important problem than new trains, stairs and overcrowding. It has ethical component and mighty human factor. Too much for a few days.

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