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Kutaisi adopts Tskhinval's experience

2012-04-25 14:18

Parliament of Georgia moves to the city of Kutaisi very soon. Transparent building, resembling a snail, is almost completed. Authorities say it will be a new era for the city. Reconstruction of the central part of the city is in full swing. Local residents are protesting as usual.

Parliament of Georgia was to start work in Kutaisi this spring. Due to various technical problems its moving was delayed, but obviously not for long. The construction works are running day and night, which means that this historic moment - moving of the legislators to the second most important city in the country - is very close. They say that the first meeting will be held on May 26 - Independence Day of Georgia.


It will be bad, if a controversial, but of course very modern in terms of architectural value building will be surrounded by ruins. Therefore, central part of Kutaisi is being reconstructed. High-rise buildings around the parliament building will be covered with glass, and even ordinary city yard are completely dug over.

Until now, the only known example of all-out, but dull urban reconstruction was the city of Tskhinval. The city, totally dug over, was abandoned to the mercy of winter. Now we have the two such examples - Tskhinval and Kutaisi. The fact is that the processes that are taking place in Kutaisi are known as "strengthening the foundation". They are strengthening the foundations throughout the downtown area. Basically, it looks as follows: once well-appointed yards are dug over, the buildings are partially "reconstructed" (destroyed), and all work has long been discontinued. Now, instead of cozy courtyards there are huge puddles and impassable mud.

Within the project of strengthening the foundations, the City Hall has long (about eight years ago) decided to build the third floors above the second floors of the private houses. Almost the entire center of Kutaisi consists of two-story mansions. But city officials said, "the third floors will be owned by the city for a certain time". It's interesting what they meant - "for a certain time"? Will this add-in of the third floor become the property of the house owner a few years, or, conversely, the owner of the third floor, in this case the government, will become the owner of the first and second floors?

But in this case, the issue of ownership is a separate issue. So far, the work was abandoned halfway through, and now, of course, the owners of buildings have to compensate all the losses.

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