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Analysts warn against lack of building code

By M. Alkhazashvili

(Translated by Diana Dundua)
Tuesday, March 18
While Georgia enjoys a construction boom, analysts warn that a lack of regulation could allow unsafe buildings.

The construction sector is one of the fastest growing areas of the economy in Georgia: fixed capital investment in the sector increased more than three times between 2002 and 2006, according to the government Statistics Department.

Analysts say that the lack of regulations means authorities are not monitoring the quality of building materials, and construction workers are not obliged to follow proper procedures. The result is shoddy structures that are not built to last, analysts say, according to the newspaper 24 Saati.

Several proposals for building regulations have been put to parliament, the newspaper reports, but none have been adopted yet.