Part of the ceiling of the Varketili metro stop on the Tbilisi metro line collapsed this morning. 14 people were injured, including one policeman. Their medical bills will be paid by Tbilisi City Hall and the Ministry of Labour, Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze said.
Kaladze confirmed during a briefing that repair works to the Varketili metro were finished this past August by the company Kvarelremsheni LTD, and costed 347,852 GEL.
Kaladze said they are “facing irresponsibility” from the company which was in charge of the repairs. “The renovated metro station started operating in September , and in just a few months - this is the result we had,” Kaladze said.
Kaladze said that the respective agencies have started an investigation, but that he “will not hold back” from discovering the causes of the incident, and that “everyone responsible for the wrongdoing will pay.”
“No company or individual can be forgiven for putting even one person’s life and safety in danger because of improper and irresponsible actions,” Kaladze said. “We carefully examine all facilities in Tbilisi… we have to check and monitor existing work, and we have to correct many of them.”
Before winning the tender for renovating the Varketili metro station, the company Kvarelremsheni LTD was on the blacklist of the State Procurement Agency. According to the website of the agency, Kvarelremsheni LTD was blacklisted on September 25, 2015. Companies generally remain on the blacklist for one year.
According to the tender documents, the agreement between "Tbilisi Transport Company" and Kvarelremsheni LTD was signed on November 30, 2016, two months after the company was removed from the blacklist.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia is conducting an investigation under Article 240 of the Criminal Code of Georgia, which implies the breach of safety regulations during mining, construction, or other works.