Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili has announced today that the government plans to tighten construction regulations even further.
Construction permit issuance procedures should be strictly controlled and such a mistake should not be allowed a second time", said Garibashvili, referring to a residential building which collapsed in the Black Sea coastal city of Batumi last week killing nine.
In addition, amendments to the Tax Code looking to resolve the issue of numerous incomplete construction sites have already been prepared and are planned to be submitted at the next sitting of the parliamentary bureau.
The proposed amendments offer incentives to companies who will dismantle unfinished buildings across the country and build new ones on the same site.
Garibashvili once again sent his condolences to the families of those who died in Batumi and said that the government will do its best to help the residents of the collapsed building.
The Government of Adjara has done everything and we, the central government, will stand by them that as soon as possible everyone is given residential apartments. In addition, they will receive monetary compensation in order to arrange appropriate conditions in their homes", Garibashvili said.
Today is a day of mourning in Georgia for the victims of the tragedy.