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Tbilisians on a gas keg2011-12-27 11:43
Gas workers are laying gas in plastic pipes in the capital of Georgia. These pipes burn well and can be easily poked through or broken - what could be better for Tbilisi citizens' safety? This is the way Kaztransgaz managed by a Georgian director decided to save on installing gas meters in staircases instead of apartments. The panicking citizens are being reassured: the buildings are well ventilated so there is no threat of leakage.
Tbilisi gas workers have added to the collection of absurdities called "Made a la Georgian". After the Svans fixed ropeway posts in the ground upside down, Tserovani refugees started producing glass-washing fluid with an unwashable effect, American corn bit the thumb instead of giving any crop, Saakashvili opened a "temporary bridge" in Anaklia and a trade center that is to be opened only in half a year, there seems to be nothing else to be surprised at. But no: there are still greater achievements. Now gas is installed in Tbilisi apartments at a low cost in plastic pipes.
Yuri Yakunin, a citizen of Saburtalo, presented detailed illustrations of the installation process in his blog, being exceedingly impressed by it. The workers have drilled a hole above his apartment door and laid a yellowish hose through the apartment towards the balcony where a gas meter is installed. In the neighboring apartment, the hose was laid through a hole in the wall drilled less than half a meter from the staircase. Gas enters the staircase also in a plastic pipe having a bit larger diameter. The pipe has three layers, one of which resembles foil. Still, the pipe can be easily poked, burnt or broken. The layout of hoses is hanging along the walls like wiring laid by an unskilled electrician.
Let us note that in Russia, even the hose running from the gas stove to the pipe must be made of non-burning material, while the Georgian gas professionals can be so negligent. By the way, they are going to lay gas in plastic throughout the whole capital. The purpose is to install gas meters in the staircases so as to improve control over consumption so as no one could steal gas by cutting in before the metering device. Besides, the citizens are forced to buy new meters at the price of 80 dollars.