"Georgian Dream" not to build new city founded by Georgian president
Georgia, Tbilisi, Oct.10/ Trend, N.Kirtskhalia /
Construction of Lazika city will not continue, number one in the pre-election list of "Georgian Dream" coalition, candidate for Regional Development and Infrastructure Minister of Georgia Kakha Kaladze told reporters.
He said Georgia does not have any resources for the construction of the city.
However, he stressed that all initiated infrastructure projects, including the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway will be brought to an end.
Kaladze said that the first meeting of the working group of the coalition with the staff of the Regional Development Ministry was held, but date of his meeting with the current minister is not specified yet.
"I did not expect my appointment to this post, it is a very important post, I will try to do everything possible for my people", Kaladze said.
According to full the preliminary data of the Georgian Central Election Commission, the Georgian Dream coalition will receive 83 seats in the parliament, and the United National Movement, 67.
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili laid the foundation of the new city of Lazika on the Black Sea coast in September. The Georgian president presented a plan of development of the city which should be the main port and centre of Georgia and increase capacity for receiving and sending container loads.
Currently, work is underway on the construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway which is designed to unite the railway systems of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. The route will be launched by late 2012 and the railway will be fully commissioned in 2013.
Peak capacity of the corridor will be 17 million tons of cargo. This figure will be at the level of one million passengers and 6.5 million tons of cargo initially.