Anticipating the Thud of Train Wheels

Akhalkalaki, Javakheti:

Probably the main question journalists had was – what will change, when the Kars-Akhalkalaki railway construction is over? Will it make the people feel happier?

Will it bring jobs thus reducing probably the craziest migration rate in Georgia (about 80 percent)? Will it really contribute to the local budget so that the local education board can afford hiring qualified teachers instead of having only 15 percent of teachers with an appropriate education?

Will it bring tourists and thus encourage creating proper hotels and services?

It probably will help to implement a completely unbelievable reform – install a water pipe system in the highland villages of Javakheti…

  • The construction [of the Baku-Tbilisi-Akhalkalaki-Kars railway] has been scheduled to be completed this year, but local journalists in Akhalkalaki who’ve been keeping an eye on the process are doubtful

Expedition participants

Anna Barsegyan,, Yerevan
Giga Gelkhiidze,  KutaisiNews news agency, Kutaisi
Ruzan Gishiyan, Radio Liberty, Yerevan
Rimma Garibyan,, Akhalkalaki
Seymur Kazimov, Radio BBC, Baku
Salome Sarishvili, Resonansi newspaper, Tbilisi
Kristina Marabyan,, Akhalkalaki
Shushan Shirinyan,, Akhalkalaki
Alan Tskurbayev, ‘Kavkazskiy Uzel’ web-portal, Vladikavkaz

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