One of the essential conditions for the integration of an economic area, as well as for smooth development and steady economic growth, is adequate infrastructure capacity, that is to say, the provision of structures and installations that are not included in commodity production in the narrow sense but are prerequisites for economic life, such as roads and other transportation facilities, postal and telephone services, water and electricity supply, etc. Among Soviet academics, as well as practical experts and economic policymakers, there is wide agreement these days that the country's infrastructure has increasingly become bottleneck.