The Mayor of
Tbilisi Kakha Kaladze says that the capital of Georgia is a city that meets
modern European standards, but in reality, Tbilisi has a lot of places that do not meet not only
European but any standards.
Take, for example, the intercity bus stations,
which have preserved the look of the 90s.
Most bus stations
are located in areas adjacent to the city center, their services are used by
foreign tourists travelling by buses and
minibuses to the regions to see attractions in Georgia.
agencies, including the City Hall, don’t give a specific answer to the question
of why Tbilisi has no bus stations meeting any standards and how long the
current situation will last.
Nestor Mikatadze, Director
of one of the largest bus stations located 5 kilometers from the tourist center
of Tbilisi acknowledgeы there is a problem. He believes that
the Georgian bus stations do not really meet any standards, but there are
specific reasons for this.
“The renovation of
bus stations needs money we don’t have.
Funds for repairs will appear only when taking of unaccounted passengers on board
who pay directly to drivers is stopped. When the problem is resolved and all
passengers pass through the bus station, then it will be possible to talk about
something. We are trying to improve the situation and developing on the online ticket booking system that will improve the
service, ”he says.
According to Mikatadze, the bus station is regularly certified to receive
the status of a bus station of the second category.
“What is happening at
our bus station is an integral part of the daily life of Georgia where an official bus station co-exists with unofficial one with dozens of cars carrying
passengers in all directions quite uncontrollably, accompanied by noise and
unsanitary. There is nothing unexpected and unusual for Georgia, it is just an
episode from our everyday life, ” Director of the bus station stresses.
He believes a number
of changes to the current legislation are to be adopted to solve
the situation with intercity transport, the
mayor's office should adopt a normative
act that will regulate the movement of intercity transport.
“Thus, the government
doesn’t solve the problem and returns
the country to a dark, difficult past of the 90s, ”Nestor Mikatadze concludes.