13 Million GEL to be Invested in Abastumani Resort

The Abastumani resort, located in southern Georgia, will see GEL 13 million invested in 2016, newly appointed Prime Minister, Giorgi Kvirikashvili stated at a plenary meeting.

Abastumani, seen as one of Georgia’s most important resorts in Georgia, is a small town and spa in the Adigeni Municipality, Samtskhe-Javakheti, Georgia. The Georgian National Astrophysical Observatory is also located in Abastumani.

The town possesses several landmarks and three hyperthermic springs, rich in sulfate-sodium chloride waters. This unique resort was always considered as a treatment place for people suffering from tuberculosis.

Green Party leader, Giorgi Gachechiladze freely discussed the bad conditions in infrastructure, canalization and water supply in Abastumani during the plenary meeting. He added that resolving these issues will have great importance in terms of domestic tourism.

According to the Prime Minister, a general plan upholding modern standards will be prepared to make all the necessary infrastructure for the resort.

“There is another serious problem we must consider- deforestation,” Gachechiladze told meeting attendees. “The dust pine trees emit has healing properties, beneficial for the treatment of tuberculosis. These trees are being replaced by spruce trees. Pines have been cut down. Please consider discussing this complex issue and take care of the resort. This will be a very important step for tourism development and treatment for our patients,” he said.

PM Kvirikashvili denied that pine trees had been felled but recognised that, in general, the control on timber licenses and its enforcement is not as it should be and that more transparent and stricter mechanisms should be introduced.

Ana Akhalaia

06 January 2016 20:17