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Government House that Saakashvili has not completed2012-12-04 14:17
Despite Mikheil Saakashvili's desire, the government won't move from Tbilisi to Kutaisi. New authorities have put an end to the plans of the President. The modern building of glass and concrete will be sealed as long as its fate is decided. As it turned out, the finishing of construction work over the new Government House requires another 20 million lari in addition to 340 million already spent. And it's probably a very optimistic figure. After all, the building, commissioned recently, is already bursting at the seams.
The fact that the government moves from Tbilisi in Kutaisi is known since 2009. It was then adopted the amendments to the Constitution of Georgia. The initiator of this project was personally President Mikheil Saakashvili.
In general, Mikheil Saakashvili's goal was a boon. He accounted the idea of transferring the Parliament house to the west of the country for necessity to develop the region. The emergence of a government building in western Georgia was to be accompanied by improvements in infrastructure and new jobs.
However, the opposition was immediately opposed the project. According to estimates of the parliamentary minority, construction would cost 60-70 million lari. "That's enough to supply the Kutaisi residents with drinking water within 24 hours; and they decided to spend it not this way but for the construction of a monumental building of parliament. You can't do everything the president says", that time said one of the leaders of the parliamentary opposition, Deputy Speaker Levan Vepkhvadze. It's worth recalling that as a result they had spent five times more ...
But Mikheil Saakashvili's dreams apparently were doomed. Even despite the fact that these dreams are spelled out in the Constitution. The party "Georgian Dream", which is now a parliamentary majority, has taken steady course to cut costs. Parliament building in Kutaisi is now recognized one of the projects funding of which was considered inappropriate. One of the first statements made by the new government after the election was related to this building. Even then it was clear that the idea of "moving" to Kutaisi has not impressed the MPs. And they can be understood, because even now the Government House building may simply be unsafe.
The red ribbon, mentioned by the opposition in 2009, was cut last spring. Pictures of the ceremony do not depict the fact that half of the building is still hidden behind scaffolding. But it was impossible to delay the opening of the building since the fact that Government House is about to be put into operation was announced as early as 2011. While accompanying the MPs to their first meeting in Kutaisi, Saakashvili said: "This new parliament building is in many ways a symbol of our great country. Like new Georgia, the building is impressive, modern and transparent". By the way, Saakashvili was in a construction helmet, which he handed to the leader of the "Christian-Democrats" George Targamadze with a smile. Whether it was a joke in response to Targamadze's refusal to meet in the unfinished building whether a safety measure ...