The Mayor of Kazan takes the metro on the Earth Car Free Day
Today, on the Earth Car Free Day, the Mayor of Kazan Ilsur Metshin took the
metro. He went to work on a decorated “train of native languages”. The Mayor
talked to the passengers, interested on their mood and examined the unusual
trains. “The future of any city is closely linked with the development of
public transport, and for us this is a systematic activity. The future of Kazan
is a full transition to public transport. Of course, the issue requires a lot
of work and financial investments, but this is the only way to save environment
and reduce traffic jams”, - I.Metshin said.
The head of the city noted that it is symbolic to use the train, which was
launched in Kazan for the Year of Native Languages and National Unity. About 20
languages of the peoples whose representatives live in Kazan and Tatarstan are
used in the design of the train. Languages are presented as aphorisms, quotes
by outstanding writers and famous personalities.
Guzel Sagitova, deputy head of the Executive Committee for social issues, ,told
I. Metshin that three train carriages are divided into six zones, which are
decorated with national symbols. In one of them, passengers can learn, for
example, interesting facts about Kazan and Tatarstan, in the other - about the
Tatars and the Tatar language. The third train carriage is dedicated to the
Russian language, and the fourth one contains all the information in Tatar. In
addition, there are native language zones on the train, where everyone can
learn popular idioms in Tatar, Russian, Mari, Chuvash, Mordovian, Udmurt,
Georgian, Uzbek, Azerbaijani and other languages.
According to G. Sagitova, the idea to launch such a train in Kazan belongs
to Tatar public figures, and the Executive Committee supported the initiative. “It
was one of the most challenging projects for us. But we understood that the
metro is one of the most popular transport both for citizens and tourists. And
such a decoration will promote learning languages among residents. We have
tried to make it interesting for young people. There are a lot of interesting
facts, catch phrases and even humor here”, - she added.
Besides, there are idioms and expressions, tongue proverbs and sayings on
the walls of the train.
As the deputy head of the Executive Committee noted, the train will run
until the end of the year, but the residents of the city have already appreciated
the idea and ask to remain the train for a longer period. The project resonated
in other regions. “I am pleased that our neighbors are also supporting our
initiative. They requesting some materials. Our greatest treasure is
interethnic peace, we have been living in friendship, respect for each other
and traditions for centuries. And we will definitely continue this important
work for us”, - I.Metshin concluded.