"The Old Town of Vilnius is our pride, thus the renovation of the streets in this part of the city is important for both guests of the city and residents themselves. This year we have already renovated Goštauto, Dunojaus and Vytauto Streets. Lots of cars drive down the Totorių Street, there are a lot of tourists walking down the street, public catering establishments and stores are set up here, thus we will try to finish the works within the shortest possible period putting in longer hours", says Kęstutis Vaicekiūtis, the CEO of UAB Grinda, which is carrying out works of renovation in the section of Totorių Street.
Several hundred Tatars lived in this part of the city till the beginning of the 19th century, and Totorių Street (English: the Tatar Street) was named after them, because it led to the Tatar Gate the defence of which was entrusted to the Tatars. At the beginning of the street, the City has put up a symbolic decorative plaque with a Tatar inscription.
Currently, intensive street renovation works are carried out in Verkių, Justiniškių, Antakalnio, Danielių, S. Vainiūno, Slucko, Vitebsko and other streets.
This year, the plan is to lay asphalt on as many as 80 km of city streets, 10 km of which are gravel roads, to build about 20 km of new sidewalks and to repair about 350 access roads to yards of multi-apartment buildings in the capital. Record-high amount of 27 million euros was allocated for improving the living environment, which is 4 million euro more than last year.