Latvian government is actively looking for a way to start construction of Liepaja Prison a year sooner than previously expected, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins has announced.
The prime minister reminded that when compiling this year’s budget an agreement was reached to commence the aforementioned project in 2022.
“As far as I know, we are looking for a way to do it a year sooner. I believe we will go this way. The fact construction work is planned is clear,” said the politician.
New Conservative Party politician Gatis Eglitis said the matter of construction of a new prison in Liepaja would be submitted to the government soon.
When asked if investments supported by government parties for economic recovery after COVID-19 crisis included finances for construction of Liepaja Prison, Eglitis said funding was not included in the current package of funds.
Construction of Liepaja prison would require other funding. The government will be informed of this once the matter is put on the table, said the politician.
He admits construction of Liepaja Prison is part of infrastructure projects developed to assist with economic activity and overcome the crisis.
As previously reported, LLC Arbora won the procurement for construction of the prison last year. However, the contract was not signed because the government failed to secure support for allocation of financing. Arbora offered to complete the project for the lowest price – EUR 113.6 million.
After failing to sign the contract, the minister announced plans for an international procurement. (BNN/Business World Magazine)