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Saakasvili's parliament has holey roof2012-10-23 18:37
Saakashvili's era left behind not only a political but also a significant material legacy. Someone thinks that the new buildings, bridges and other structures in the high-tech style adorn the country. For others, they disfigure the face of Georgian cities. But will they survive the change of power in Georgia? The pride of the president - the parliament building in Kutaisi - is unlikely to do this.
Georgian MPs have already held their first meeting in the new building, built for them in Kutaisi. From an outsider's viewpoint the new parliamentary center looks spectacular, especially compared with the gloomy, over twenty years unpainted facades of high-rise buildings in Kutaisi suburbs. However, everyone entering the building gets horrified - the construction has not been completed, and the condition of structures causes doubt. It seems that the transparent walls of the building are about ready to collapse.
Nevertheless, the first session of the new parliament was held in Kutaisi. Fortunately, the wall did not fall.
For the first time in Georgia the meeting of parliament can be delayed due to weather conditions. Indeed, in case of rain, the newly elected MPs can get wet! A former employee of the parliament, economist Tamaz Chantladze said that now for Georgia the term "parliamentary weather" is topical. "There is term "football weather" - probably everyone has heard this term. Could I think that the term "parliamentary weather" will also be relevant?"
According to the future Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure David Narmania, the sale of the unique building of parliament in Tbilisi was stopped. Perhaps the MPs have to return there.
Many of the new buildings built in a hurry have suffered the same fate - in the rain their roofs leak, the wind can simply demolish these roofs, and the walls crack due to the frost. Georgians joke: "During the great heat Misha's buildings melt".
During deputies' visit to Kutaisi a three-meter glass installed in the parliament building cracked. "The building is sinking, so the glass has cracked. Such cases can be expected again. Several cracks have appeared on the very building", local work superintendent told us. "The building is full of garbage and construction waste, only the meeting hall is fully completed".