TBILISI, DFWatch–City authorities in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi are considering removing parking spaces that were allocated on the city’s sidewalks a few years ago.
Pedestrians may look forward to having the sidewalks cleared of cars already from September.
Sidewalks blocked by parked cars is a common view in the capital. The former government gave City Park – the company responsible for parking in Tbilisi streets – permission to use certain allocated spaces on sidewalks for parking.
But people are having problems walking in the streets because there are cars parked everywhere, Mayor Davit Narmania told Radio Commersant on Thursday.
“When we came into the city government, there were more than 2,000 such locations. We appropriated 500 locations from City Park and returned them to pedestrians,” Narmania said, and added that this summer, city authorities are planning to buy the remaining 1,500 locations that are still used for parking and free up the sidewalks for pedestrians by September.
“I call on City Park to find alternative parking spaces,” Narmania added.
About 20-25 million laris will be allocated from the budget to help City Park solve the problem.
Spokesperson for City Park told DFWatch that the company cannot decide on the location of parking lots; only City Hall can make such a decision.
“City Park will obey City Hall’s decision,” company spokesperson Levan Tabidze said.
DFWatch asked City Hall for more details about the plans, but they turned down our request.