Facing a shortage in raw materials and funds for the Ryomyong Street construction project in Pyongyang [hailed in state media as Kim Jong Un’s next legacy project], the authorities are piling pressure on residents to make larger contributions, including in the form of donations of household goods, Daily NK has learned.
“We are seeing all kinds of orders being handed down due to the Ryomyong Street construction project in Pyongyang,” a source from South Pyongan Province reported to Daily NK. “They are demanding contributions of raw materials, equipment, and resources to be provided through mass campaigns involving all residents.”
“Trading companies are also being pushed to reduce their imports from China of preferred daily goods to less than half, and to bring in rebars (steel), cement, glass, and other construction materials instead,” the source said. Despite this, he added, trading company heads are “hesitant and trying to determine how long the current state of affairs will last,” as they grapple with financial difficulties brought on by international sanctions.
This news was corroborated by additional sources in Pyongyang and North Pyongan Province.
Ryomyong Street is intended to become a refurbished strip connecting Kumsusan Palace, where the embalmed bodies of former leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie, to the Ryonghung intersection near the Tower of Eternal Life. Kim Jong Un has personally pushed for it to be completed by next year, but the project has run into difficulties due to a shortage of materials.