Walk past the Pak Shouka in downtown
The new owners have literally stripped it to the bare bones, leaving nothing of its past cultural legacy.
And it would seem that
According to a lragir.am news article, Poghosyan professed her amazement when told that construction on the market’s roof had recommenced in earnest two days ago.
In ungrammatical literary eastern Armenian she said, “Nah, that’s probably what was left over form last December.”
Even more amazing is that there is no overall architectural plan for the market that has been authorized. Neither is there a general work permit. Hetq requested that the
The only thing they gave was a blueprint for some underground floors. That’s to say that the new owner, MP Samvel Aleksanyan, hasn’t been granted any official construction authorization for anything above ground level.
But work on the market’s interior and roof has been going on for quite some time. A new floor has been added on which a new roof is slowly rising.
In the midst of it all, the
In a letter dated April 23, the Ministry of Culture informed Hetq that due to measures taken by the
The Ministry also claims that it has demanded that the former interior arches of the market be restored.
In essence, the ministry didn’t lift a finger to prevent the destruction of the arches or the addition of a new floor. So now the ministry is back-tracking.
In reality, Minister Poghosyan knows full well what is taking place at the market.
I’ll go further and accuse the minister of entering into an illicit agreement with the market owner that will allow for the landmark’s quick destruction.
Further defilement of the market and a restoration of its former landmark appearance demands political will at the highest level; at a special session of the ruling Republican Party.
But this will not happen.
The reason is simple - those who have forged such an illicit agreement are the very representatives of that very party.
|This photo was taken in March|
|This photo was taken this month|
Top Photo: Pak Shouka owner MP Samvel Aleksanyan, Minister of Culture Hasmik Poghosyan and Deputy Culture Minister Arev Samuelyan at last year’s Republican Party congress.