“Zhamanak” explains to its readers the decision of the authorities to make changes in the sphere of traffic cameras and paid parking services. It says that the changes will not, in fact, take the burden of fees and penalties off the drivers. “Simply, there will be a redistribution of financial flows, while the controversial application of the systems will continue. While in the past the bulk of the money went to the companies rendering the services, now it will go to state and community budgets,” the paper writes.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” quotes a deputy mayor of Yerevan as announcing an upcoming drastic reform in the sphere of the city’s public transportation. Thus, instead of numerous passenger minivans owned by different companies Yerevan will soon have one operator that will use buses as well as mini- and midi-buses. The official, Vahe Nikoyan, told the daily that they already have the winner of a tender for the advisor in implementing the reform and that the company will soon be presented to the public. According to the deputy mayor, the reform may require up to $100 million.
“Hraparak” reports that the government yesterday confirmed that families currently involved in the Paros social benefits program will benefit from the lowest natural gas tariff of 100 drams ($0.21) per cubic meter, which is expected to be approved by the state regulators following an application by Armenia’s Russian-owned gas distribution company, Gazprom Armenia. The paper quotes Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Artem Asatrian as saying that the decision will concern about 130,000 families.