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Saakashvili ruins Anaklia2011-09-05 13:16
Dreams of Mikheil Saakashvili eager to transform his republic into a tourist Mecca have fallen short. Like did the bridge pompously opened a few days ago to connect Anaklia with Ganmukhuri. Experts declare that in this situation the president had better stop advertising himself and organize fireworks shows that people see on TV against the naked back of Mishiko's new favorite.
Last week Mikheil Saakashvili held a grandiose presentation of a new holiday resort - the town of Anaklia. The Georgian leader said the place will have more than 1,000 accommodations for visitors to welcome 200,000 tourists annually and promised to build five- and seven-star hotels, amphitheaters with stadiums and discotheques. The event ended in a beautiful fireworks show that was supposed to be seen from Abkhazia.
Many realized: this show in Anaklia has one purpose to advertise the place and this paper façade rigged up to please Western money-bags is on the point of crashing down.
Indeed, Mishiko's aspirations foundered. Not only Abkhazia and the West - the entire population of Georgia saw what their president is doing. A 540-m bridge between Anaklia and the village of Ganmukhuri, opened on August 25, simply cracked up. In several places, by the way. Despite promises of Ramaz Nikoilashvili, Georgian minister for regional development and infrastructure, that in November this bridge would be presented for an international contest in New York in the nomination of pedestrian bridges. Certainly, this would have highlighted uniqueness of the construction. But the only thing in store for it now is dismantling.
Immediately after the opening ceremony some Georgian mass media wrote that Anaklia has a chance to compete with Turkey and Cyprus, a favorite training site among athletes of the region, Baltia and other states. Maya Sidamonidze, head of the health resort department of the republic told that Anaklia should be advertised internationally, not only at home. By all appearances, there will be much fewer sweet forecasts from now on.
Presently the world press writes that the bridge that was meant for self-publicity and opened in haste, did not withstand the load of scarce pedestrians and holiday-makers. Over the past few days the defective construction has been closed for passage and heavily guarded by the police force, while residents and tourists from Anaklia and Ganmukhuri, a home for an international youth patriotic camp, have to use a bypass again.