Post-earthquake reconstruction/ At least 1 679 apartments in Durrës to be repaired by March 26

TIRANA, Feb 11 /ATA/ PM Edi Rama saw first-hand the process of post-earthquake rebuilding which consists in reconstruction of 1 679 apartments by March 26 in buildings declared out of use or those that have been slightly damaged.

Rama stopped in at one of the apartment buildings that have sustained minor damage technically rated DS2, meaning it has not sustained structural damage and is suitable for living after repairs.

Mayor of ë Durrës, Zhulien Varfaj, briefed PM on the progress of reconstruction in this city in the aftermath of devastating Nov 26 earthquake.

“The relevant structures have issued 64 permits for reconstruction works, of which 44 for residential buildings, 20 for service buildings. There are 1600 more apartments slated for reconstruction. Work is focused on approval of permits for this category of buildings based on projects in compliance with construction standards,” Varfaj said.

However, he said, the scarce labor force to deal with construction work is a major concern.

As to application of earthquake affected residents to qualify for reconstruction program schemes, Varfaj informed that there are 61 counters available with 3 311 applications made so far.
He went on saying that 2 700 households have received the rent subsidy totaling ALL 61.4 mln./a.gjonaj/sm/