Now, the contract for the new Kiruna is signed and the construction of residential housing is in full swing in many places. Kiruna’s mayor Kristina Zakrisson and LKAB’s CEO Lars-Eric Aaro signed the papers on Thursday, 12 June on site at the shooting range area where one of the new residential projects will start.
The ink was not even dry on the new agreement before an excavator operator, Robert Svonni from Tekniska verken i Kiruna AB, put the bucket to the ground and began the construction of the new residential area adjacent to Kurravaaravägen.
”This is probably one of the most enjoyable assignments I've ever had,” he remarked as the press photographers were carefully preserving the event.
And happy faces could also be seen on the signatories on this day.
“We've had extensive and productive negotiations with LKAB regarding this agreement, so it feels good now to be able to actually sign it. It is important that we get started, that there is something new on the way. And the most important thing right now is housing for the residents of Kiruna. There are projects underway as well as planned projects for thousands of new homes in Kiruna in the coming years, and that's just the beginning,” observed Kristina Zakrisson.
LKAB's President and CEO agreed, and spoke about a further joint effort:
”Now we are making a groundbreaking ceremony together, and indeed a swimming stroke, as this summer the Kiruna municipality and LKAB is making possible free admission to the open air swimming pool for all residents of Kiruna. All children and young people who remain in town this summer are now going to be able to swim for free,” commented Lars-Eric Aaro.
TEXT: Anders Lindberg
PHOTO: G. RÚNAR GUDMUNDSSON