Expensive Kutaisi23.07.2012 | 15:41
In Kutaisi, a problem with the sale of land has long appeared. Foreigners and members of parliament buy land acres without problems, while the other citizens of Georgia are facing unimaginable obstacles trying to buy a piece of land. For two years not a single land lot was sold to the ordinary people. This stems from the artificial bureaucratic barriers erected by the Minister of Economy, the economic service of the City Hall and local government.
The citizens of Kutaisi have repeatedly appealed to the local government with the demand to legalize the purchase of land, but received no response.
"I'm trying to legalize a plot of land of 363 square meters into the possession from 2003. Meters", Nargiza Kapanadze, a resident of Kutaisi says. "I got this land in 1970s. During 1990s, I lost all the documents, and then decided to re-legitimize the purchased land, but unfortunately failed to do this. I was ready to pay a corresponding amount. Now I've retired, I live below the poverty line and cannot even legalize a piece of land of 150 square meters, on which my house is located. I've repeatedly appealed to local authorities, but I always get unjustified refusal".
Iyamze Mamaladze, a resident of Kutaisi, also has got problems with land. She's planning to begin construction of a beauty salon for a year, but he cannot do it due to the negligence of local authorities. Despite repeated requests, City Assembly has not even considered her appeal.
"I wanted to buy a plot near my house for the construction of a beauty salon. The have refused, since windows of neighboring house overlooks this section. Then I decided to buy another plot of 80 sq. m. I addressed in many instances. In Kutaisi Mayor's Office they said that there should be declared an auction, and that I can take part in it to buy this territory. However, I'm waiting for the auction for 8 months. If I would have bought the land without these problems, I would have given a job for everyone those who need it", Iyamze Mamaladze says.
Many residents of Kutaisi are in the same position as Nargiza Kapanadze and Iyamze Mamaladze. Over the past two years, none of the land lot was sold to ordinary people.
Kutaisi residents stress that these artificial barriers are created in connection with the transfer of Parliament to the city, and say that now the plots will be sold to private investors on a triple price. "I believe that all this is connected with the transfer of the parliament in Kutaisi. Government thinks that the price of land should increase. But why do the locals must suffer from this", Kutaisi residents say.
"We demand the Ministry of Economy and Local Government to immediately remove the artificial barriers to the acquisition of land by local people so that we could acquire land according to principles of market economy and free competition", the head of the regional organization of the "Rights" Party Mamuka Mgvdeladze.
Kutaisi Mayor's Office has nothing to say to local people. Representatives of the press service state they will not make comments on this topic. In response to the citizens' appeals the city government prefers to keep quiet.
In addition to the foregoing, in Kutaisi, prices for apartments have also increased: they have doubled and even tripled. Food prices have increased too.
"I cannot say anything good. I work at a construction site from morning to night, I wanted to buy a small plot of land, but prices are rising. I have to wait a little longer", a young man from Kutaisi says.
Jora Mdinaradze, who has always rented out one floor of his house, now he is concerned about rising prices for apartments. "How could they assign such a price for an apartment? Why! People are in hard situation. I do not want to see Saakashvili together with his MPs walking here, thank you".