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Things going on badly in Kakhetia2011-05-10 21:15
Let us look at the latest news from the eastern regions of Georgia: grapes injured by hail, gas pipeline damaged by overflowing river, bad
weather did not let the country become a corn exporter and even teenagers ran away from an orphan home in Telavi. Against this background, one more piece of good news looks rather humble: it's the Georgian government's intention to invest another 57 million laris in the regional infrastructure. One feels sorry for the people whose welfare depends solely on weather conditions. Still, they should know that their life was turned into a burden not by heavenly powers but by their own government.
was turned into a burden not by heavenly powers but by their own government.
Georgian government is planning to spend 57 million laris on various infrastructure projects, while the World Bank has already appropriated 375 million dollars for the reconstruction of a road running from the center of Georgia eastwards. Now the World Bank is sounding the alarm. Mikhail Saakashvili made a pompous opening of this road just six months ago and now it is practically impossible to use it. A series of landslides has damaged the road, having made the traffic dangerous. Besides, it turned out that the constructors made other "little" failures. Now the donor calls on Ministry of Regional Development and road services to exercise basic control over the highway to ensure its proper maintenance.
Landslides in this region of Georgia started millions of years ago and the constructors should have known about them when they started building the road. Accordingly, if some road sections got out of order within half a year because of several landslides it means someone made nice money on the road construction.
New highways with their modern look are the Georgian government's soft spot. It must be a very profitable income item for the "elite corrupt officials", that is why Kakheti highway is not the first road which gave rise to a scandal. The point is that such roads are built solely due to external financial aid, which is spent in a very strange way. Not so long ago, another road was pompously opened with the president's participation; it connected Tbilisi directly with Javakheti region. The road was sponsored by Millennium Challenges American State Foundation. Long before Saakashvili cut the band, nongovernment organizations had sounded the alarm by saying that the company, which had won the tender in a very strange way, was simply sabotaging the project.
One of these days, while visiting the region of Kakheti and speaking about those 57 million laris to be invested in the region, Georgian Prime Minister Nika Gilauri said that further construction of infrastructure objects will be ensured by the World Bank and Asian Bank of Development. Will WB agree to sponsor new projects if the major part of the previous tranche has been stolen?