Around 3800 Buildings Around Lake Sevan Subject to Dismantling

Around 3800 Buildings Around Lake Sevan Subject to Dismantling

About 3,800 buildings on the shores of Lake Sevan are to be dismantled. Priority will be given to the dismantling of buildings in areas with an absolute mark of 1901.5 m, as RA Ministry of Environment informed in its response to EcoLur's inquiry on the process of dismantling illegal buildings on the shores of Lake Sevan.

“1. In 2010, during the geodetic-cartographic works carried out by the Cadastre Committee, 4729 buildings below the absolute mark of 1905.0 m were recorded, about 880 out of which were dismantled in previous years with the help of the tenants and "Sevan" National Park SNCO of Environemnt Ministry. There are currently about 3,800 buildings to be dismantled, which need further adjustment. In February 2021, the employees of the SNCO carried out the dismantling of the following buildings (fences, semi-constructed buildings) in the lakeside sections located below the 1901.5-meter mark from the public shore of Lake Sevan to the peninsula.

  1. By the decision N1133 of the Government dated on July 8, 2021, the state budget allocated 208,238.5 thousand AMD for "Cleaning of the water-covered forest plantations of Lake Sevan" event, within the framework of which the dismantling of buildings with the means of the SNCO is envisaged. Priority will be given to the dismantling of buildings in areas with an absolute mark of 1901.5 m.
  2. In addition to the purchase of machinery, the above-mentioned decision envisages the costs of their operation for the implementation of the works. Dismantling works are carried out by the tenants at their own expense,” the response of RA Ministry of Environment says.

It should be mentioned that different violations are being detected in regard with the dismantling of illegal buildings in the littoral areas of Lake Sevsan.  Still on 19 February, RA Prosecutor's Office initiated a criminal case for defaulting on the protection duties of "Sevan" National Park in case of 110 buildings in violation of the legislation in the central ecological zone of the lake. In 2020, instead of 271 hectares planned for 2020, only 45 hectares have been cleared on the shores of Lake Sevan. The cleaning work was performed by "Harutyunyan Shin" LLC by the order of RA Environment Ministry, whereas the Ministry signed a contract with this company in 2019 to clean 750 hectares of land in 2019-2021.

Due to the incomplete work, "Hydro-Meteorological and Monitoring Center" of Environment Ministry refused to approve the performance act submitted by "Harutyunyan Shin" LLC and unilaterally terminated the contract.

It should be reminded that back in 2010, RA Ministry of Nature Protection purchased a Watermaster Classic III multifunctional excavator for 295.6 million AMD to clean the water-covered areas of Lake Sevan. The official media is silent about where the work was performed with the use of that expensive excavator.

September 28, 2021 at 13:10