Government allocates EUR 3 mln for urgent works on Vilnius' Gediminas Hill
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
The Lithuanian government on Wednesday allocated almost 3 million euros for urgent works to deal with landslides on Gediminas Hill in downtown Vilnius, Tomas Beržinskas, a spokesman for the prime minister, confirmed to BNS.
The city of Vilnius on Thursday declared an emergency situation due the critical condition of Gediminas Hill and warned that a new landslide would put the capital's landmark Gediminas Castle Tower on top of the mound in danger of collapsing.
The Lithuanian Prosecutor General's Office is not opening, at least for now, a public interest case over damage done to Gediminas Hill in downtown Vilnius, but is asking the government to initiative a comprehensive assessment of the circumstances.
Vilnius' Gediminas Hill, which was closed for visitors last week due to heavy rain forecasts, is being reopened on Tuesday, but visitors will only be allowed into the Castle Tower and a part of the observation area on the top of the historic mound.