Tbilisi Mayor: Fees for tree felling should increase, money used to plant new ones

Kakha Kaladze, Mayor of Tbilisi. Photo: Tbilisi City Hall's press office.
Agenda.ge, 13 Dec 2017 - 12:16, Tbilisi,Georgia

Fees for cutting green plants by construction companies might increase, says Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze.

Kaladze said that the current fee for cutting down a tree is "inadequately low” and needs to be increased by several times.

He tasked the ecology service of the Tbilisi City Hall to prepare a legislative project to better regulate this issue.

"I want to task the Municipal Department of Environment and Landscaping as well as [Deputy Mayor] Maia Bitadze to personally get involved in the process of issuing new construction permits. This is very important in order to avoid issuing construction permits on account of green areas, parks and squares”, Kaladze said.

As for those permits that have already been issued but tree cutting fees have not been paid yet, Kaladze instructed his employees to make such companies re-plant the trees somewhere else and take care of them.

Kaladze said that under the current legislation, a company has to pay 700 GEL for each cut tree, which the mayor thinks is "really not serious”. He has asked his employees to work closely with parliament to make changes to the law.

He added that once these fees double, triple or increase by several times, the money received must be used to create more green areas in the city, better the environment and take care of squares and parks.