11 Dec 2017 - 16:04
Georgia’s capital Tbilisi is undergoing rapid and major transformation to renovate the Orbeliani Square in the city’s centre within the second stage of the New Tiflis project.
The project launched in 2016 when the Government of Georgia renovated 45 addresses on Aghmashenebeli Avenue in Marjanishvili area.
Today the Mayor of Tbilisi Kakha Kaladze presented the second stage of New Tiflis project which includes the rehabilitation of Orbeliani Square and its adjacent areas in Tbilisi.
The project aims to stimulate the development of the economy through revitalising rich historical-cultural heritage sites and facilitating their use.
The second stage of New Tiflis project which includes the rehabilitation of Orbeliani Square and its adjacent areas. Photo by the PM's press office.
In particular, the project is designed to create and develop large tourist sightseeing routes on both sides of the river in order to attract more local and international tourists.
The project that we are going to implement includes the rehabilitation of historical buildings in this district [of Tbilisi]. Parking will be built here, new pedestrian streets will be created and the rehabilitation of unique buildings will begin,” said Kaladze.
This square, this project is part of a big concept that aims at rehabilitating an old, historic part of Tbilisi. We often say that Tbilisi is an attractive city and our goal is to increase this attractiveness,” he added.
The rehabilitation of Grigol Orbeliani Square and its adjacent areas will finish by the end of 2018. Photo by the PM's press office.
Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili also attended the presentation of Orbeliani Square rehabilitation project. He said that each building of Tbilisi must be reconstructed and rebuilt.
Today is a very good day, we are starting a beautiful project and I want to say that Orbeliani Square has always been a special place. Here, the old and the progress are combined with each other. This place is rich with its cultural heritage, green areas and [after the rehabilitation] we will have a beautiful district which will be distinguished for our citizens as well as for tourists,” said Kvirikashvili.
Rehabilitation site covers Atoneli, Virsaladze, Pkhovi, Treasury, Bridge, Purtseladze and Tabukashvili Streets, where rehabilitation of underground engineering communications’ systems is underway.
Buildings near the Orbeliani Square will be completely rehabilitated. Photo by the PM's press office.
The first stage of the project includes renewal of drainage, wastewater, sewage and water supply systems as well as refurbishment of gas and electric supply systems.
The next stage of the project, that includes restoration-rehabilitation of the buildings and the construction of an underground parking lot, will commence after all underground engineering communications’ systems will be rehabilitated.
The rehabilitation of Grigol Orbeliani Square and its adjacent areas will finish by the end of 2018.