On 12 February, 2020 employees of the khyakimlik's office visited private owned houses located in Ashgabat districts of Chogangly and Khitrovka. They warned residents that the latter need to remove the gates within two weeks. If the order is not obeyed, they threatened to bring the case to the court for resisting the policy pursued by the authorities. Correspondents of Chronicles of Turkmenistan report that the inhabitants were forced to sign the document which runs that they have familiarized themselves with the order issued by the khyakim.
Residents of Khitrovka recall that four years ago similar requirements were introduced when they were forced to dismantle household buildings in the yards along with fences and gates. Instead, they were allowed to fence the territory with short lattice gates.
After that the number of thefts in the backyards skyrocketed. Water pumps, car spare parts and other property were stolen. The residents gradually started building fences and high gates. At that time the municipal authorities did not oppose the actions undertaken by the residents.
The same story occurred after the new mayor came into power. The owners of privately owned houses and cottages, which are fenced, need to dismantle fences and gates again.
Let us recall that at the Cabinet session held on 7 February, 2020 President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov appointed Yaztagan Gylydzhov the khyakim of Ashgabat by relieving him of the office of the khyakim of Balkan velayat.