At a briefing before the capital’s government session, Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze spoke about the dismantling of illegally constructed buildings on state-owned land, reiterating that “it is inadmissible to justify an offense by the poverty people have to live in.”
He responded this morning to the dismantling of buildings on Tvalchrelidze Street in Samgori district, whose owners were warned by the Tbilisi Municipal Inspectorate on December 18 and given a four-day deadline to demolish the buildings. Kaladze noted that some of the people behind the illegal constructions in this area have the status of IDPs and own houses and land plots both in Tbilisi and in suburbs. The mayor of the capital listed the property of 5 people and their family members and noted that for those citizens who really have no housing, the authorities are ready to provide rent fees for the apartment.
Talking about the property of the owners of illegal buildings on Tvalchrelidze Street is not the first case when the mayor of Tbilisi emphasizes that the information that people are seizing state-owned land due to poor living conditions and lack of overnight stays “Is not true.” Kakha Kaladze did the same even after the dismantling of the buildings in the Africa settlement of Tbilisi.
“Unfortunately, one of the employees of the City Hall was connected with the illegal constructions found near Tvalchrelidze street, Isani District of Tbilisi,” he added.
He noted that the City Hall will adequately respond to all illegalities.
“Apart from IDPs, other citizens were also connected with the illegal constructions found near Tvalchrelidze street. I must also mention the sad fact, of course, it is very bad, one of them is an employee of the City Hall. I repeat we will respond to all illegalities accordingly, no matter who commits them,” he said.
By Ana Dumbadze