Economy Minister Natia Turnava says that in agreement with the investor, the construction of the main elements of Namakhvani HPP, dam and reservoir, will not start until the basic surveys are verified. However, she noted that the company will continue to build the road and “secondary elements.”
Currently, the Ministers of Economy and Agriculture, Natia Turnava and Levan Davitashvili, are meeting with locals and non-governmental organizations on the issue of Namakhvani HPP. The meetings have been launched following a large-scale protest against the HPP.
Turnava said at the start of the March 12 meeting that several agreements had been reached with the investor.
The Namakhvani HPP is to be built in the Tskaltubo and Tsageri municipalities north of Kutaisi by a Turkish construction firm, Enka Renewables. Despite the strong local resistance, the construction work still goes on. The criticism around the ongoing project is actively supported by green activist groups.
By Ana Dumbadze
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