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Axe of Tbilisi democracy hits sycamores2010-11-19 13:04
Doublethink has become a good tradition of Georgian politicians. Seeing one thing, speaking another thing and doing an entirely different thing is a norm of decency in Sakartvelo's political entrails. Actions of Tbilisi mayor Gigi Gugulava have been another demonstration of this extraordinary approach. At the time when parliament is stiffening punishment for illegal deforestation, the mayor of the capital city, Mishiko's favorite, orders to destroy half a hundred magnificent trees right in the center of Tbilisi.
50-year-old sycamores used to decorate the right bank of the Kura river. Now they adorn only memories of Tbilisi citizens. 45 mighty trees were cut down on an order from mayor Gigi Ugulava. Abuse of power demonstrated by Saakashvili's favorite has caused natural resentment of the opposition. Lasha Chkhartishvili, a Conservative party leader, is going to sue the head of the city administration.
"The green zone on the embankments has a historic and ecological value. 50-year-old sycamores used to grow here. They were nice adornment of the embankment purifying air of exhaust gases. Nearly 50 healthy trees have been taken down. Ugulava is indifferent to the health of the coming generation. Corrupt interests are his top priority. This act is a serious damage to the touristic infrastructure", - the conservative stated at yesterday's briefing in the place of Ugulava's high-handedness. However, as Georgi Gachechiladze, head of Georgia's Green Party says, the claim won't be noted.
"Our laws on ecology make any claims against officials impossible. They say we don't have sufficient powers to raise such claims", - the ecologist from Tbilisi told GeorgiaTimes correspondent. If people of the country don't have these powers, who has then? Only confidants of glorious Mishiko?
According to Georgi Gachechiladze, felling sycamores on the Kura embankment is only half of the story. There is a deliberate campaign of green space destruction going on in Tbilisi to the benefit of city administration.
"I just can't comment on the actions of Tbilisi mayor's office. They destroy all planting, not only on the embankment were 45 huge trees were cut down in a day. District councils were built in parks, public gardens and other green sites over the past three years. Trees are cut down, and buildings are built. The mayor's office puts its officials in health resorts. The situation is absurd. Like there are no other places for administrative buildings in Tbilisi that could be planted with trees later on".