Azerbaijan re-announces tender to develop Baku General Plan

Azerbaijan, Baku, March 9 / Trend U.Ismayilova /

Azerbaijan has re-announced a tender for the selection of an international consultant to develop a plan for the regional development of Greater Baku, Azerbaijani Deputy State Architecture and City Planning Committee head Dovletkhan Dovletkhanov said. The project will be developed with the World Bank's support.

"The main reason for the delay is difficulties with financial issues, as well as the complexity of the tender procedure," Dovletkhanov said.

He added that relatively cheap prices are not an indicator of quality.
"We want to attract world-class consultants who already have successful experience in creating a master plan for cities such as Baku," Dovletkhanov stressed.

The WB annulled the tender announced last summer and made a proposal to select a consultant, which is "wrong in terms of professionalism," Dovletkhanov said.

The bank explained the move by its plans to reduce the cost of funding to develop the plan, since local experts have already carried out part of the work.
The plan is called Greater Baku and a concept to develop Baku's 219,000 hectares.

The last general plan for Baku was adopted in 1987 and included a smaller area. The new project includes the prospective development of Baku, Sumgayit and the Absheron region as a whole over the next 20 years. Similar projects have been implemented in Eastern Europe.

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