YEREVAN (RFE/RL)—Construction in Shoushi has begun for a number of state agencies of the unrecognized Armenian republic to move there. The area’s administration says construction could be completed by 2011.
Rehabilitation of the town has been a declared priority by authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh. Reconstruction activities in Shoushi have been largely supported by Armenian charities.
According to head of the Shoushi administrative area Gevorg Hayrian, another major project aims at providing the town with 24-hour water supply.
Hayrian told RFE/RL that the project has already been submitted to the Armenian Fund for funding. The Fund had declared it would channel all funds raised in last year’s nationwide telethon at projects in Shoushi.
Hayrian also said an allocation equivalent to nearly $185,000 had been made by the Karabakh authorities from their state budget for projects to be implemented in the Shoushi area.
The area’s head said that several streets as well as a sports school are being currently repaired in the town and a picture gallery is under construction.
“Shoushi is in a very bad condition. It needs revitalizing,” said Hayrian.