Half of Illegally Constructed Houses to be Knocked Down in Azerbaijan

Business Materials 6 June 2008 14:57 (UTC +04:00)
Half of Illegally Constructed Houses to be Knocked Down in   Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan, Baku, 6 June / corr. Trend U. Ismayilova/ Half of the illegally constructed buildings in Azerbaijan will be knocked down, Arif Garashov, head of the State Real Estate Register Service of Azerbaijan said on 6 June. This problem will be addressed within the project carried out with the World Bank.

"There are over 400,000 illegally constructed dwelling houses and only half of them meet technical security regulations," Garashov said.

The Azerbaijani government and World Bank (WB) signed agreement in July 2007 to introduce jointly the system of unified cadastre of real estate. The project consists of four components - registration of real estate; management and register of the state property; basis cartography and land cadastre; and training, formation of policy and management of project. The project cost $38.57mln $30mln of which accounts for WB. The loan was granted for 20 year period with grace period of 5 year.

WB experts will assess the level of danger of the constructions within the realization of the project and those which do not meet quality standards will be knocked down.

According to Garashov, the experts of the World Bank will carry out inventory of the buildings and will assess their quality together with the State Real Estate Register Service after which these proposals will be submitted to the Azerbaijani Government.

If experts decide that the construction was carried out in line with the appropriate standards, these dwelling houses will be legalized, he said.

The allocation of compensation to those living in these houses and their move to more safe dwellings will be decided by the government after it considers these issues, Garashov said.

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