Budapest, September 4 (MTI) – The capital’s new transit zone near Keleti station is set to open between September 10 and 15 and will be able to accommodate about 800 people, Budapest Mayor Istvan Tarlos said on Friday.
Tarlos said the 1,760sqm transit zone could be expanded if Hungary’s state-owned postal company offers to provide a reserve area for the city council. The city council plans to set up 72 tents in the zone, 40 toilets, 36 showers, 6 drinking fountains with 12 faucets each, and 60 electricity plugs suitable to charge mobile phones, Tarlos said.
There will be 24-hour medical service operating in the transit zone, with the cooperation of the Red Cross, and no police will be present. Tarlos said it is not possible to operate the block as a closed facility.
He said the municipal council does not want to house migrants and added that the zone will not be a refugee camp. For the time being, there are no plans to build heated facilities, he said.