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Construction dreams and Georgian reality

2012-12-07 12:49

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As it turns out, Mikheil Saakashvili's dream does not converge with the plans of the "Georgian Dream". The new government seems not rely hopes on tourism, like the president does. Construction of Lazika, "city of the future", is frozen. In Anaklia, cows are grazing in the places where the hotels were to rise. Not so long ago Saakashvili has seen it personally, and now he promises to do everything possible to continue the construction. But whether the president is able to get these projects out of the swamp?

Projects, for which the President Mikheil Saakashvili hoped so much, are being  gradually recognized by the "Georgian Dream" too expensive. The new Government House in Kutaisi was recently recognized uneconomic, and now they have got to the cherished Lazika. "Innovative port city", which has been widely discussed by the Georgian president and the media, apparently is destined to remain only on paper. The same fate may befall Anaklia - a new resort, hastily built on the site of agricultural villages and opened with fanfare in 2011.

A few days ago, Mikheil Saakashvili went to check the status of his "creations" - Anaklia and Lazika. To his regret, the president has not discovered the builders in the place where new houses and a five- and even seven-star hotels were to be built. "In Anaklia, cows are grazing at all sites, although previously they had been fenced. The process of eutrophication has begun again. Channels need to clean", Saakashvili was outraged. He sees someone's malice in the fact that works at the sites has been frozen. "The administration of the municipality and the city council has been subject to pressure due to the fact that they contributed money in Anaklia". It should be noted that the administration denies the facts of any pressure.

The fact that the new government will not fund the construction of Lazika became known almost immediately after the parliamentary election. Kakha Kaladze, who was then only promised the post of Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure, said that the new authorities considered Lazika too costly and futile project. And Ivanishvili considers the idea of the port city ridiculous. "It's shame on his part (Saakashvili) to think that the population of Georgia is so void of understanding ... This is the biggest anecdote, told by this man", the Prime Minister recently told reporters.

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