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Rīga City municipality had paid more than two million euros for snow removal and transportation out of the city by the end of last week, Rīga executive director Jānis Lange said on the Latvian Television morning newscast "Morning Panorama" December 6.

He said snow removal was one of the most expensive cost positions in the city's maintenance and cleaning work in winter. Lange did not disclose how much it cost to remove one load of snow. He merely pointed out that it was "expensive".

The municipality said on Tuesday that a total of 16,000 cubic meters of snow had been removed from Rīga this winter, but the snow removal work continued last night.

However, Lange said the city would have enough funding to clean streets and sidewalks for the remainder of the season.

Overall, the work of cleaning services was rated good by Lange.

"Given that [last] Thursday was one of the biggest quantities of snow that has snowed in Rīga in the last 12 years, the days ahead accordingly were challenging for our services. Sidewalks and streets I think were handled relatively well, the bigger problem was with car parking lots and public transport stops. We also discussed this with the services involved – the corrective actions necessary, additional capacities," Lange said.

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