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Georgian peasants: Not alive and not dead

08.06.2012  |  17:16

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There is nothing more beautiful than Georgian landscape in early June. May heavy rains have stopped; green forests and rural homesteads gladden the eye. But recently, it has become extremely problematic to get to the suburban natural beauties. There are no roads to many villages. And locals have no water for four years.


In the 21st century, when the Georgian government boasts of its success, many villages still suffer from lack of roads, lack of electricity and water. We went to the village of Legva to see how things are with local people.

Shota Takidze, a resident of Chekhedany, a part of Legva, told about the problems of the village: "We have no road. President is bragging that the roads are under construction. Maybe it is so, but they should pay more attention to the village. Young people have no job, as I do. I am sixty years old and I can't find a job; and I don't get a pension. Unemployment is a big problem. Sale of the tea and citrus fruits sale provided our main income. Now, when we gather the harvest of citrus it's hard to sell it".

Nato Gedevanidze, a resident of Legva: "Do you see our road? Our existence can be called like this: we are not alive and not dead". Legva is the largest village in the Municipality of Kobuleti. A significant portion of its population suffers from lack of roads, lack of electricity and water. Locals say they have no water for four years.

Suliko Rokva, a resident of Legva: "We have no water, electricity and roads. As soon as the wind blows, or it's raining, the electricity immediately turns off. No one cares of it. We mange to do something by our own; we can't expect help. We're digging as we can, we're sowing. If they give the water, you cannot drink it: it's dirty. We even can't wash in it. I live by the river and I manage somehow. People rely on rain: they gather rain water; it is perfect for washing the head".

Her neighbor Nanuli Shakarashvili is in much worse position. Her water pipes were damaged during the laying of the road, and it was not fixed to this day. "I haven't turned on the faucet for four years. They have repaired the road but broken the pipe. I gather rainwater in tanks. We have 7 persons in our family. Kobuleti mayor promises to help us with water, but he only promises. We should not to let him drive on the road, but besides the fact that he is our neighbor, he is also our relative", Nanuli Shakarashvili said.

"I have paid 940 GEL for the refrigerator, which has burnt out. Electricity is off and on. Nobody tells us why. If I need to go down to the center, to somehow get to the administration, buses go from the upper villages crowded", a resident of Legva Lia Rokva told us.

The head of the local territorial governing body of Legva volost Irakli Takidze said that all the problems of the village would be settled in the coming days. The problem with the water will be solved right today. "It was caused by the prolonged winter frosts and then melting snow and torrential rains. They have caused landslides and road. Along with the restoration of water facilities we'll solve traffic problems. We often had to clean snow from the roads with tractors, which led to their destruction. As for the electricity, this is the problem of the "Energopro", which has got problems with wires, the switches, but only in the two villages. It is enough to cut off one and other also appear cut off. The rest of the internal wiring is in order", Irakli Takidze said.

Nino Svanidze

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