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Tbilisian bomb shelters turned out to be sold2008-11-13 12:00
Gigi Ugulava, the Mayor of Tbilisi, confessed that Georgian capital had serious problems in the sphere of civil defense, and should the city be bombed, people would have no place to hide.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Dmitry Lortkipanidze, the representative of parliamentary minority, showed interest for condition of civil defense objects on the meeting of the Temporary Parliamentary Committee for August 2008 Event Study.
He said the Mayor that Tbilisi had had414 bomb shelters, and civil defense objects should have contained 850 000 gas masks, but condition and equipment of these bomb shelters was unknown, and nobody was aware of the whereabouts of the gas masks.
However astonishing it was, the Mayor didn't know it, and stated that he couldn't say a word about condition of the bomb shelters, as in recent years in Georgia, including Tbilisi, everything had been for sale, even sidewalk. Supposedly, the bomb shelters had been sold as well.
The tunnel, leading to the Tbilisi Botanic Garden, might have served as a bomb shelter for people living in the center, but several years ago even that tunnel was farmed out and turned into a youth club. According to the Mayor, later the club was closed, the leasing was stopped, but the installations remained, and the tunnel still cannot be used as a shelter.
As it turned out, the only place to hide from bombing was the underground, but wasn't capable to keep all the population of Tbilisi.
Gigi Ugulava promised MPs to work hard on the problem of shelters, but mentioned that the issue of civil defense organization needed complex approach and joint efforts of many bodies.
The Mayor disproved the information of his departure after the beginning of combat actions. According to Ugulava, he had been away, but returned at night of August, 5th ,as he learnt of the deteriorated situation in the area of Georgian-South Ossetian conflict .