Budapest, June 8 (MTI) – Budapest Municipal Council on Wednesday voted to bring building regulations for the City Park (Városliget) area in line with a government decree issued in December last year.
Councillors approved the motion with 19 in favour, 8 against and one abstension, amid protest from activists in the ranks of the audience.
The changes will help the 157 billion forint (EUR 505.5m) Liget Project meet its deadline for completion of 2019. Under the approved changes the building regulations will no longer require that all flat roof surfaces built during the park’s reconstruction should be covered with green gardens. At the same time it will allow retail services to operate in the City Park area.
Opposition party councillors voiced protest against the plans which include building a museum quarter in the City Park. Gergely Karácsony, the mayor of district 14, said the plans are against Budapest’s own earlier-declared development plans. Csaba Horváth, a representative for the Socialists, said the museum quarter should be built behind the Nyugati railway station or on an area a bit north of that.
Budapest István Tarlós said if the tables were reversed the opposition would not do what they are asking him to do: to block an important state project.