The Hungexpo fairgrounds in the capital will undergo an almost 50 billion forint (EUR 156.6m) upgrade, Budapest Mayor István Tarlós said in an interview in daily Magyar Nemzet on Friday.
The project will involve eleven elements, Tarlós said, recounting decisions taken at the government’s Wednesday cabinet meeting, in which he also participated.
“It was also decided on Wednesday that our positions on matters affecting transportation in the project will be the final ones. That means that the capital will practically be in charge of shaping the public transportation developments,” he added.
Tarlós noted that
Hungexpo would host two big international events in the near future: the International Eucharistic Congress in 2020 and the World Hunting and Nature Expo in 2021.
“These international events require the country and the capital to finish the investments on time. All this shows that the government sees the capital as a de facto partner in the Budapest development projects financed by the state,” he added.
As we wrote yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén opened the 26th Fishing, Hunting and Arms International Exhibition (FeHoVa) at the Hungexpo fairgrounds in Budapest, read more here.
Tarlós said the Budapest Public Transport Centre (BKK) was likely to face a civil court case that could last for years after it cancelled an order for an electronic ticket system with a contractor.
On the other hand, the capital can now become part of the nation-wide electronic ticket system, planned to start operating by the end of 2020, he added. If BKK does not sign a contract to join the new system, it will probably be wound up, he said.