The Defense Ministry of Ukraine has revealed its plans regarding construction of 93 military hostels in 2018, thanks to simplified construction rules for military units introduced by the law on state budget for 2018. Yuriy Biryukov, an adviser to the President of Ukraine and an aide to the defense minister, wrote this on his Facebook page, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
“Pre-construction of 2017 hostels is complete and construction tenders are about to start. Approximately 25,000 contract servicemen will be provided with housing this year,” Biryukov wrote.
Altogether, the ministry hopes to build 184 hostels for military personnel. These facilities will be built on land owned to the Ministry of Defense, following a simplified procedure that does not require town-planning documentation. The largest number of newly-built facilities is planned in Donetsk (20), Mykolaiv (19), Odesa (18) and Lviv (15) regions.
Biryukov added that the start of construction of family hostels was initially scheduled for 2019, whereas the construction of private housing was not yet planned because of funding shortage in the short run.
“We do not have any other options – we need to find the right balance between real money and real people waiting in line. Our plan suggests that rooms will be shared between five tenants at first. As soon as more hostels are built, they will be used to accommodate servicemen in rooms with up to three tenants. A separate program from 2019 provides for the start of construction of family hostels,” he explained.
Biryukov also clarified that family hostels for junior officers and sergeants “are planned as smart apartments, equipped with separate bathrooms and kitchens.”
While responding to concerns that simplified procedures of obtaining permits would lead to abuse, Biryukov emphasized on the need to carry out an expert evaluation.
In the law on Ukraine’s state budget for 2018, The Parliament of Ukraine allowed construction of buildings with minor and average consequences (CC1 and CC2) on the premises of military units without providing town-planning documentation.