The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia has pulled together additional police squads in Kutaisi. There is a rally of opponents of the Namakhvan hydroelectric station on the Rioni River. They threaten to reach parliament if the Turkish company does not stop work.
Additional police units arrived in Kutaisi. This was reported by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia, writes latest news. The department urged the protesters against the construction of the Namakhvan hydroelectric power station on the Rioni River not to go beyond the law.
Several thousand people gathered in the city. The protest action is broadcast on the Facebook page of the defenders of the Rion gorge. “Our main demand is the annulment of the government order, which involves the transfer of the Rion Gorge to a foreign investor. The second requirement is to terminate the contract with the (construction) company ENKA. Third: we demand the annulment of all documents issued since 2015 and the resignation of Minister (Economy) Natia Turnava, “said one of the organizers of the protest Varlam Goletiani before the protests, TASS reports.
The protesters explained that Turnava participated in negotiations on the instructions of the Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili and they ended in vain. Activists demand that the construction of large hydroelectric power plants be decided in a referendum, and threaten that the next rally will be held outside the walls of the parliament in Tbilisi if the government does not hear them.
As topnews reported, protests against the Namakhvan hydroelectric power station have been going on in Georgia for almost six months. In the area of work, the activists organized a tent city. On January 30, the Turkish company ENKA Renewables resumed construction work with the support of the police force.
The project of the cascade of the Namakhvanskaya HPP on the Rioni River is to unite two hydroelectric power plants, Namakhvani and Tvishi, with a total installed capacity of 433 MW. The estimated cost of the project is $ 730 million. The project should be implemented by Clean Energy Georgia Group, which won the tender. The construction of the HPP Clean Energy Georgia Group, a subsidiary of the Norwegian Clean Energy group, attracted the Turkish construction holding ENKA Insaat ve Sanayi A.S.