Gov’t plans to spend GEL 31 billion on  infrastructure projects by 2030

Gov’t plans to spend GEL 31 billion on infrastructure projects by 2030

access_time2021-07-08 16:00:30

According to Georgia’s Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, in the next 10 years the government is set to spend GEL 31 billion on infrastructure projects.

At the current exchange rate it amounts to $ 9.9 billion that cannot be considered big money in the period of 10 years. For example, the construction of the Channel Tunnel alone cost $ 22 billion. Such large-scale projects are not planned  in Georgia but still some will be carried out - for example, the construction of a bypass road  on the pass between Eastern and Western Georgia.

The project has entered  the active phase and envisages  the construction of 96 bridges and 53 tunnels, one of which will be 1.5 km long. It was initially planned to complete the construction by 2020, later by 2022, now its completion was postponed until  2024. The total length of the highway is 52 kilometers and it reduces the current distance to 30 kilometers.

Apart from  the kilometers, the terrain that is more suitable for vehicles and high-throughput highway significantly saves travel time.

The total cost of the project is GEL 2,3 billion, of which 500 million is already  spent.

 


Another major project is a 9-kilometer tunnel on the Russian-Georgian border. The construction has not yet begun, but has become the subject of  scandal and concern  due to the increased avalanche danger of the region. But the issue has a political side, the opposition believes that the tunnel will create additional risks such as a possible invasion of Russian troops into Georgia.

The Chinese company China Railway Tunnel Group Co is involved  in the GEL 909 million project that  will be roughly completed  in 2024.

Among the large-scale projects  is the construction of a highway leading to the Black Sea region bypassing the city of Kutaisi. The total length of the road is 41 km, in 2020 a 19-km section has already been commissioned. The completion of the project is scheduled  for this year.

The cost of the project carried out by the Georgian company Black Sea Group and Azerbaijan's Akkord is GEL 200 million.

The construction of the Batumi bypass road began in 2016 and was planned to be completed in 2020, however, due to the difficult terrain, several large infrastructure facilities were added - 19 bridges, 4 transport hubs, 5 tunnels, and 55 water pipelines that increased the cost of the project to GEL 330 million.

The project is expected to be finished in 2021. The construction work is carried out by a Turkish company.

These are the top infrastructure projects that are currently underway or are planned for the coming years.

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