Latvia's disaster management center building at standstill

The construction of disaster management centers has been delayed. The Provision State Agency is considering terminating the contract with the builder, "ReRe būve", Latvian Television reported on August 6.

Overall, for the eight new disaster management centers, the first deadline for completing construction was May 15. In June, the new centers in Iecava and Priekule were solemnly opened, but apparently, they are still unfinished.

The Provision State Agency said that the buildings are still not fully transferred to firefighters and police officers because they have not been equipped properly.

“For two months we were being fed promised. What should happen this month will happen this week. A week, another week. And in the case of Iecava, Priekule, misleading information that the equipment has been ordered and will be delivered in the near future – I do not currently have documentation that they have been ordered,” said Oskars Dzirkalis, deputy head of the Provision State Agency.

In order to complete the construction of these and two other sites entrusted to the firm, ReRe now asks for an additional €200,000.

"In their view, the costs estimated at the start are insufficient to continue. [..] It must be said that the agency's attitude will be dismissive,” said Oskars Dzirkalis.

ReRe is requested to provide additional information on the performance of the work next week under the existing rules, if this does not happen, the firm will be alerted to the early termination of the contract.

ReRe only commented that “in view of the recent geopolitical and economic situation in both the country and the construction sector, unfortunately, we also had and should consider the impact of these processes on the construction of disaster management centers”.

In October last year, the company was paid an amount of €1.4 million. Similarly, due to the booming costs, additional funding was also requested by Zeng, which is building another four disaster management centers.

Zeng Executive Director Edijs Ekmanis explained that “the reconciliation time took six months. All this time, we as a company had no chance of working at full capacity. Therefore, an extension of the work deadlines was also necessary until the end of the year”.


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