GEORGIAN NGO “GREEN ALTERNATIVE” PRESENTED REPORT ON BTC OIL PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION MONITORING

(IA "Novosti - Georgia") вЂ" The report on the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline construction monitoring, a “recipe for international finance institutions on poverty increase” has been presented to the public and journalists by the Georgian non-governmental organization (NGO) “The Green Alternative”.

The report will be submitted to the World Bank (WB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), which have efficient levers for ensuring fulfillment of commitments by investing companies.

The report comprises all violations, revealed while constructing the oil pipeline both by the Georgian and the international governmental organizations, president of the NGO “Green Alternative” Manana Kochladze informed. The report, particularly, gives facts of inflicting damages to the residents of villages, located close to the oil pipeline route.

According to the NGO representative, the damage has been inflicted, mostly, at the result of the constant traffic of the heavy construction machinery through the villages, at the result of which many houses got serious damages. Despite the frequent addresses from the local population for payment of compensations for the damage, the companies constructing the pipeline ignore their appeals

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Manana Kochladze suggested to set up special commissions, composed of representatives of the local authorities, NGO and investing companies for considering the claims and complaints. The commission’s activities is to be funded by the third party, i.e., for instance, the World Bank. This will enable to consider the residents’complaints more impartially, president of the NGO thinks.

Kochaladze also noted, that the project’s investors do not fulfill their commitments on a number of clauses of the nature protection permission for the oil pipeline construction. Particularly, it concerns both the Borjomi section and the wastes utilization problems. Instead, according to head of the NGO, the investing companies offer grants to be transferred to the budget of the Georgian government.

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