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Putin congratulated the builders of the tunnel Adler-Krasnaya Polyana

August 19 2005

"We hope that this tunnel (the new tunnel on the Adler-Krasnaya Polyana), this road will be very important infrastructure element in the economic development of the region, and indeed the whole of southern Russia, bearing in mind that, according to the Ministry of Transport, where -by 2010 daily road capacity will be about 3,5 thousand vehicles per day "- the president said at the opening of the tunnel.

He stressed that the increase in road capacity would enable "a new way to develop tourism and skiing."

Putin recalled that the tunnel began to build five years ago, in 1999. Construction cost of 3 billion rubles. Over the past year was spent around 1 billion, Putin said.

Congratulating builders, engineers and technicians with the opening of the tunnel, the President said that the road connects Sochi with five settlements, where more than five thousand people, RIA Novosti news agency.

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