11 December 2019,   22:56
Adjara Government to build residential buildings to replace slums near Batumi

A construction tender has been announced to replace slums near Batumi’s so-called ‘Dream Town’ or ‘Cardboard Town’ of eco-migrant families, currently housing about 1,000 children living in poor conditions.

According to the Head of Adjara Government Tornike Rizhvadze, at the first stage 580 families will receive modern flats. Besides, tender will be announced.

“It has been one of the most severe social problems in Adjara for years which will be finally settled. A number of important steps were taken, before this decision. Designing has already been completed and we will move to the procurement stage. At the first stage we will provide with flats 580 families and I would like to emphasize that under our government no person will be of secondary importance. Especially when it comes to more than 1,000 children and their families", - said Tornike Rizvadze.
The bidding amount exceeds GEL 41 million. Within the framework of the project 54 thousand square meters will be constructed.

The current settlement was made on the former bases of 25th and 53rd Russian military battalion near Batumi, where eco-migrant families, who moved from the highlands of Adjara, settled in the autumn of 2012 - just after the Georgian Dream coalition’s victory in Georgia’s parliamentary elections.

They settled on the outskirts of the city in their own huts made of cardboard, where later people built concrete houses instead.