Moscow officials asked to come to office earlier

21:18, November 12, 2010      

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Newly-appointed Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has signed a decree Friday, stipulating that Moscow officials should starting working day one hour earlier.

Now some 25,000 Moscow officials have to rush to the office at 8:00 a.m. (0500 GMT) and end it at 05:00 p.m. (1400 GMT), the Itar-Tass news agency reported.

On Fridays and before holidays, office hour could end earlier at 03:45 p.m. (1245 GMT).

The schedule was adopted both for the rank-and-file personnel of the mayor's office, the senior executives officials and for city government ministers.

The new measure was believed to tackle traffic jams and congested roads of the capital.

Sobyanin, who declared the city's transport problems as one of the hottest issues, proposed to increase the number of parking lots, develop public transport and expand road construction.

The congested roads have been a headache for Moscovites for years.

Source: Xinhua


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