“There is nothing more permanent than something temporary”: historical retrospective of Siberian water infrastructure projects
1 National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University, Lenin Avenue 30, Tomsk 634050, Russia
2 Tomsk State University of Control Systems and Radioelectronics, Lenin Aenue 40, Tomsk 634050, Russia
3 National Research Tomsk State University Lenin Avenue 36, Tomsk 634050, Russia
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The most famous historical project of transport infrastructure in Siberia is the Ob-Yenisei Canal. It was implemented at the end of the 19th century, however it was considered a failure and closed. A continuing interest in the Сanal’s construction and the circumstances of its origin demonstrates the special place of the Ob-Yenisei Canal in Russian historical memory. One of the causes of the construction’s failure was the decision to reduce the size of the Ob-Yenisei Canal in the final draft. The article is devoted to identifying the reasons that influenced the decision to change the Canal’s size, which determined the lack of capacity. The results showed that engineers were not satisfied with the results of research and looked for opportunities of additional reconnaissance. A number of economic indicators was impossible to detect without carrying out construction work. The authors concluded that the engineers allowed cutting the volume of construction works at the first stage, which was not due to the economy. It was connected with the ambition to collect information on the cost of building, living conditions and scale of labor organization in the taiga-unpopulated area without significant expenses. Developers wrongly relied on the subsequent modernization and expansion of the Canal.
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