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HOLIDAY VILLAGE TO BE BUILT NEAR BALCHIK

Luxurious houses for vacationers, swimming pools, tennis-courts, an amphitheatre, restaurants - that's how a new holiday village near Balchik will look like. Construction work may start by the end of 2004, Architect Maria Karazlateva, Chief Expert at the Investment Policy and Public Property Administration Directorate of the Ministry of Culture, told the BANKER weekly. The prepared plan of the future resort projects construction of about 60 two-storey houses with a total of 500 beds, rehabilitation of a monastery and a wine-cellar from the early 20th century. The building and management of the resort will be granted on a concession in accordance with the Public Procurement Act.The idea is to relieve the cultural monuments from being holiday stations and to build a resort outside them, Ms. Karazlateva explained. Therefore, the most attractive cultural monument, the palace of Queen Mary of Romania, will no longer be used as a holiday station as currently.The maintenance cost of the cultural monuments in Balchik goes to some BGN400,000 a year, the architect specified.The future holiday village has edged the appetite of institutions that take care of the historical sights in the town. The scandals among the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works, and the Sofia Climent Ohridsky University - partners in the structuring policy of the territory - came quickly. Complaints from foreign guests were cited who had to pay the price of two tickets each in order to see the historical sights. One fee was payable to the Cultural Ministry on entering the palace, and another - to the Sofia University for the botanical gardens, run by the university. Since each ticket costs BGN10, vacationers decide not to walk through all cultural monuments when they hear how much they have to pay.It seems that the resort does not fit into the plans of the Sofia University Rector Boyan Biolchev who hurried to say that the holiday village was going to be built in a landslide area. However, the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works denied there were any landsliding processes going on right there.The whole area of Balchik is landsliding, but construction works are going on there. When the security of the buildings is guaranteed, there will be no problems, Architect Mityo Videlov who heads the Complex Analyses, Exploitation and Projects Directorate at the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works said. He added that geologists are still to research the construction conditions on the ground of the future resort. The preliminary construction plan for the construction is to be approved by the Senior Structural Development Council at the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works as well as by the Municipal Council of Balchik.

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