Czech government considers uprooting from centre of capital
The Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek recently announced a new initiative to save the government money. The plan revolves around relocating the numerous ministries located in the centre of Prague to less expensive areas of the city. A pilot project is already underway, which could see the Ministry of Trade and Industry uprooted from the historic city centre.
“We are preparing a description of the project and special material for the government. This is supposed to then be discussed in May of this year. If the government approves the plan, then we can move to the next step, which is calling a public tender for the project, which should take place in the second half of this year. So basically, now we are preparing special studies and materials describing the economics involved and then the government will decide.”
I also asked Tomáš Bartovský about the potential strengths and pitfalls of such a proposal.Specifically, whether the centre of Prague was at risk of becoming a ghost town or a residential area merely for the ultra-rich and also if there were any other governments that had undertaken such schemes?
Nonetheless, for all the protestations of saving money, there will certainly be critics who find the image of a government selling off its multi-million crown offices in the historic centre to the highest bidder and packing its bags and moving to the suburbs not only a little suspect but also quite hard to swallow.