Representatives of the
construction industry are raising the question of restoration of the abolished Ministry of Construction.
They believe that after the Ministry had been abolished, obtaining
a building permit became too easy.
According to the founder of Builders League Anzor Sakandelidze, the government
should restore the Ministry in a timely manner, otherwise, tragedies like the
one that happened in Batumi will take
place in the future.
“The abolition of the Ministry
of Construction was a big mistake made by Mikhail Saakashvili’s government. Viktor
Yushchenko did the same in Ukraine when he came to power, but the Ukrainians had
enough sense to restore the Ministry. 17 years have passed, but this issue has
not been resolved in Georgia yet, ”he notes.
In Sakandelidze’s words, construction
companies often pay money and receive a
construction permit not thinking about safety.
He adds until the Ministry is
restored, the population in cities with active construction, primarily this
concerns Tbilisi, won’t be safe.
Irakli Rostomashvili, the head
of the Georgian Association of Developers, also believes it necessary to restore the Ministry of
“The Ministry’s restoration is
a belated step, but better late than never. In Georgia, the construction
industry accounts for a significant share of GDP and employs tens of thousands
of people. If this is not done now, tragedies like the Batumi one will repeat again, ”he says.
Rostomashvili considers the
emergency housing as the greatest threat to the cities, first of all to the
“There are thousands of
emergency housing in Georgia, if we do not get the building up to code, in a few years we
will face a real catastrophe,” the head of the Developers Association points
The Ministry of Construction
was abolished in 2004 after Saakashvili came to power due to high corruption and
the lack of any specific benefit from its functioning.
Currently, the Construction Ministry’s
building houses the central office of Bank of Georgia.