Chinese investors interested in the construction of a tunnel to Crimea

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Mangalapura in fotobanka oversee the construction of the bridge in the Crimea. Archival photoChinese investors interested in the construction of a tunnel to Crimea© RIA Novosti / Sergey Mangalapura the image Bank

Chinese investors interested in the project of constructing a tunnel across the Kerch Strait, Minister of economic development Andrei Melnikov.

Earlier, the Eurasian business Council appealed to the Crimean authorities simultaneously with the bridge across the Kerch Strait to build a tunnel. The construction was supposed to be funded by private investment, the movement of transport it was proposed to make a charge. In turn, the head of the Public chamber of the Crimea Grigory Ioffe said that the draft though, and received a positive public review, but still looks like a dream.

«One of the working proposals, which sounded — was their interest in the construction of a tunnel in parallel with the bridge, we will discuss whether it is or not. Those technologies, which the Chinese entrepreneurs to offer, they say they can do it with quite modest costs,» — said Melnikov, the radio station «Sputnik»in Crimea.

The bridge across the Kerch Strait that will link Crimea and Krasnodar Krai, will be the longest in Russia — its length is 19 kilometers. The total cost of the project is 227,92 billion. The beginning of the movement of vehicles on the bridge is scheduled for December 2018.

In addition, according to Melnikov, Chinese companies are already involved in the construction of a new airport in Simferopol.

«The Chinese comrades are interested in infrastructure because it is a large amount of potential investment,» — said the Minister on the contacts of representatives of the Crimean authorities and Chinese businessmen and the interests of foreign investors.