- Posted May 7, 2014 by
Levan Berdzenishvili: “Arguments from Khudoni HPP Opposers are Weak”
How important is the Khudoni HPP project for the country’s development and what benefits will it bring to Georgia? And what do parliament members think about this issue, how do they evaluate the project’s importance? One of the leaders of the republican party, Levan Berdzenishvili, thinks that hydro energy is one of the most important resources of our country and should undoubtedly be utilized.
“I’m no expert, but I stand for economic development and environmental protection. From this standpoint, I can tell you that if the ecology isn’t adequately protected and, as specialists say, there won’t be an ecologic catastrophe – then economic advancement is necessary. Every hydro power plant in every country breaks regulations, what matters is not to overdo it and cause a disaster,” said Berdzenishvili.
“As to the topics of population and graveyard relocation, this aspect should be agreed upon between the government and the citizens. I remember it well how we went through the Zhinvali HPP ordeal, burying a centennial statue. If the government and the locals reach an agreement, this will turn out relatively less painful for Svaneti. It’s just nonsensical to say that not one power plant should ever be built in Georgia – water is one of our primary resources and it should be utilized. If it’s still a sticky issue and there’s no economic benefit and someone manages to prove this, then yes, but the arguments I’ve heard from the opposers of the Khudoni HPP construction so far aren’t strong enough to make us say that this project should be halted. But I repeat once more that I’m but a normal parliament member, a philologist, and not a specialist. And obviously what matters more here is a specialist’s opinion."