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Business in Georgia against environment2012-11-30 19:13
Narekvavi River flowing near Tbilisi has long lost its natural color. Small rivulets flowing into it are so polluted that you'd better even do not think about swimming. The cause is a factory of a prosperous brewery "Natakhtari", located near the river. Factory owners feel great. They do not concern about the environment pollution, even if it is caused by their business.
Residents of the village of Natakhtari complain of pollution. According to them, the eponymous brewery "Natakhtari" has so defiled their village, that at any moment they can expect outbreak of infectious diseases.
"The river changes color three times a day. Sometimes it's green, sometimes milky white, and sometimes black", a resident of the village Neli Tsiklauri says. "You can determine what muck at the moment they are draining into the river".
The locals are ruefully looking at the river, along which their childhood has passed. Today, it is almost dead. "I've spent all my life near the river. I fished and sold it", a local resident Ilo Meladze says with regret and pain.
"In 2003, by uncle opened a restaurant at the shore of Narekvavi, and in 2009 he was forced to close it because of the extreme pollution of the river and the unbearable stench from it", Neli says. "Due to this smell he had almost no visitors. There were fishes and swans. But we cannot talk about the swans when even the rats could not survive here", Neli said.
"We worked in a restaurant at the shore", Simon Khachidze tells. "Construction of the restaurant cost the owner 1.2 million lari, but there was such a stench that no one came to us. We even failed to sell it after the closure - no one wanted to buy it. So we were unemployed".
Other residents of Natakhtari also complain of unbearable stench. The situation particularly worsens in the summer. "In the morning and in the evening we have to smell unbearable stench", Dato Koshadze told us. "The river is full of trash. When during a flood the river overflows, it brings trash directly to coastal homes".
Some residents of Natakhtari blame Caesar Chocheli for the environmental disaster. He has acquired brewery "Natakhtari" by force, using his membership in the ruling party. Later, having got into the parliament, he sold the company to some foreign businessmen, who is rarely seen. No one in the district knows his name. Several residents have once managed to meet him. They asked to put the river in order and received a very sharp reply: "Caring for Georgia's environment is not my business, so I have nothing to tell you".