The World Bank has suspended the examination of the complaints filed by Garni residents on Qaghtsrashen Gravity Irrigation Project up to 2017 after declaring about the new program, as Garni resident, journalist Sara Petrosyan told EcoLur. Currently the State Committee on Water Industry is developing a new program as the World Bank has notified. 'We, several Garni residents, together with the representatives of the State Committee on Water Industry, visited the pump station. The representatives of the State Committee on Water Industry told us that water will be taken from Geghardalitch for Hatsavan and Geghadir and not from Azat Reservoir. A small pump will be installed for the communities having included in the Qaghtsrashen project,' Sara Petrosyan said. Sara Petrosyan doesn't reject the opinions of the others, 'The new program should include data about water quality. If it turns out that water is not sufficient, the new program may be rejected. And we will start a new protest: it's still too early to speak, if there is no project. We should carry out monitoring together with the World Bank,' she noted. Garni-base activist Arusyak Ayvazyan didn't agree with the decision of the State Committee on Water Industry, 'Though they have lowered water intake take point by 5.2 km, but there is not matter it won't save the nature, as in this section the river washes Khosrov reserve...It's already a semi-desert area and it will turn into a desert, while red-listed species in habit there...they drink the water of the river. If somebody kills a bezoar goat, the fine will be huge. But bezoar goats may disappear and the nature will disappear...'
July 19, 2016 at 16:19