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Opposition: Ushakov criticizes road cleaners, but quietly extends contracts

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAfter hearing residents’ complaints about tripping over piles of snow and the general state of things in Riga with poorly cleaned streets, Mayor Nil Ushakov understood that people are gradually becoming angry, so he decided to demonstrate action.

He called in representatives of companies responsible for keeping streets clear and criticized them for their work, promising to cancel contracts with them if they fail to improve, said Riga City Council deputy Olafs Pulks. He adds that the Mayor is an exceptional PR manager, because he knows people will forget all about snow in spring months.

«Street managers had to deal with rising Sun, which quickly started melting snow. However, the Sun does not work for Ushakov; it does not participate in procurements, even though he would like that very much. However, companies who would like to take on cleaning duties in Riga are denied participation in procurement projects, because, according to Dienas Bizness, it has been decided to extend contracts with existing companies. One reason for this is that it was allegedly impossible to organize procurement in time to find new, more responsible, service providers. So it seems that he publicly criticizes, but quietly extends contracts all the same,» – writes Unity’s opposition deputy in an announcement to the media.

«However, those are only details. What is important is that the Mayor has publicly demonstrated himself as leader who cares about residents and their bones. He has named those responsible – Ceļu pārvalde, Rīgas tilti, Roadeks and CP Serviss – and now he is free to think about cats, gardens and his next trip to Moscow. One has to ask, however, what will really change on Riga’s streets and are there any guarantees that people will not get hurt the next time weather decides to rain, or snow, or do both and we have the same people to depend on to keep the streets clean and safe for pedestrians?» – asks Pulks.

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