€650,000 needed to restore canal side of Rīga Central Market

A total of €650,000 is needed to repair the Rīga canal side which has caved in by the Central Market. A city council committee has supported granting the funds but the reconstruction still has to be approved by the Rīga councilors, reported Latvian Radio September 26.

The wall that supports the canal side collapsed this spring but nothing has changed except for the protective fencing. Officials say the canal – which has long been an ugly surprise to visitors arriving in the Latvian capital by bus – collapse doesn't interfere with deliveries to the market, but Central Market employee Sergejs disagrees.

"Recently there was a bottleneck that required drivers to drive backwards. It's basically a violation," he said.

In summer the city dropped a major reconstruction project worth €30m that would see the Central Market restored along with the adjoining canal and the extensive basement network below the landmark pavilions, which formerly housed Zeppelins. 

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