Roadworks Pave the Way for a Tourism Boom in Georgia’s Old Capital | Asian Development Bank

Roadworks Pave the Way for a Tourism Boom in Georgia’s Old Capital

Video | 14 December 2017

Roads were re-tarmacked, sidewalks fixed, and a storm water drainage system built in the Georgian city of Mtskheta, north of the capital Tbilisi. The refurbished roads have made it easier for tourists to reach the city’s historical monuments, giving the local economy a much-needed boost.

This project was part of an effort to improve municipal services in Georgian towns, which ADB supported with loans totaling $70 million.

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Mtskheta, Georgia - Sitting at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers, Mtskheta holds a special place in Georgian hearts as the country's old capital. Thanks to its rich history and enduring monuments, Mtskheta became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994. Today, the city is a popular destination with tourists. 
But Mtskheta’s historical sites have not always been easily accessible to cars and buses. In 2010, four key roads were rehabilitated, opening the city to tourists.
 
"This is Mtskheta’s central square, adjacent to Aghmashenebeli street, one of the project locations," says Shalva Kokochashvili, Project Manager of the Municipal Development Fund (MDF) of Georgia.
"The roads were re-tarmacked, the sidewalks fixed, and a storm water drainage system built. The same work was done in three more streets."

This was part of an effort to improve municipal services in 27 Georgian towns, which ADB supported with a total of $70 million in loans.

"The work was done by local contractors selected through competitive bidding," comments MDF's Kokochashvili.
"This was a sustainable project. As you can see, the local authority is maintaining the road well."
 
"This spot is a crucial location for both locals and tourists," he continues. "The tourist center, the city’s churches, and the residential area, are all in the vicinity."

Tourists now come in buses to visit Mtskheta’s historical sites pouring much needed cash into the local economy.