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New Tbilisi is ruining the old one?

2013-01-25 20:19

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Tbilisi City Hall is trying to leave the residents of Vaja Pshavela Street, Saburtalo district, without the park. The people call it an oasis in the deserted and dusty district. Yesterday, they organized a protest and drove the land surveyors away. Currently, a small group of neighbors is keeping watch over the park to avoid cutting down trees and demolition of the playground.


In the 60's this was a deserted and dirty area. The area - where now the park is located - was used for collecting garbage. When, in 1967, the new houses were built on the Vaja Pshavela Street, they were populated by the staff of the communication and perfume factory. The new settlers, having happily united, decided to arrange a park. They brought 10 cars of black earth and began planting trees. It has taken many years to turn a desert into oasis. The trees have turned into real giants with a large and cool shade. District residents say that in the summer temperature difference in their park and across the street is 5-6 degrees. Recently they have built in the park a stadium and playground. And the city administration helped in that.

"The children from the neighboring houses come to play here, mothers are walking with their babies in strollers. Throughout the district there is no such a place. Not everyone has the opportunity to go to the cottage in the summer, so for them this is the only opportunity to sit in the cool of our trees", says a local resident.

Back in 2002, there appeared first talk that the park had been allegedly sold to someone. It was a deal with two unknowns. People still do not know who has sold the territory and to whom. But this did not prevent them from defending their land. In recent years, the park has been improved. There was built a playground with slides and swings. And the neighbors calmed down: if they are building they wouldn't demolish.

However, the other day, at the park there appeared strangers who, surveying the territory, discussed something. They were followed by the surveyors who began to carry out all sorts of measurements. That's when residents of the house No 27, whose windows overlook the park, became alerted. At first they drove the surveyors away and then addressed to the defenders. They have another hope - Parliament Speaker Davit Usupashvili, the candidate of their choice on October 1. In a conversation with the residents of the house No 27 we have learned some interesting details.

- You say you do not know who and why needs this land. But you're trying to find out something. Maybe you have any suggestions?

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