RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin ordered officials in St. Petersburg to speed up construction of trouble-plagued 2018 World Cup stadium, the Zenit Arena.
Construction on the new stadium – which is scheduled to host a number of matches, including one of the semi-finals – began in 2007 but has fallen behind schedule.
In a decree published on the Kremlin’s website on Monday, Putin said the venue – also known as the Krestovsky Stadium – and other infrastructure must be built on time.
The decree from the Russian President instructed officials to “adopt comprehensive measures to eliminate the gaps” in the stadium’s construction schedule.
He gave similar instructions to local authorities in Samara and Kaliningrad where two other World Cup stadiums are being built.
St. Petersburg City Hall announced last Friday it had fired the general contractor over alleged cost overruns and delays.
The stadium, which was slated to be completed this year and used for the 2017 Confederations Cup, is set to cost over £467million.
FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fisher said on Monday that the World Cup organiser expect the stadium to be delivered in December.
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko gave assurances last week that the stadium will be built in time to host the Confederations Cup. – DailyMail