Monday, December 20, 2010
Building Design Unapproved Twelve Years
Globes in its Hebrew edition quotes a letter by Shikun Ve-Binuy building company, Israel's largest, to the Minister of Housing Attias. The company describes several projects stucked because of the incredible bureaucratic Via Dolorosa of building approval. The bought a pice of land in Kiriat Ono (a Tel Aviv suburb) in 1978, intending to build 180 apartments, but the company's engineers and architect are unable to get the required building permit. The company is offering 25% of the apartments to be distributed free to homeless families by the Ministry of Housing (pic.: Poor Jews - a free kitchen in Tel Aviv), and begs for the Minister's help in starting the project. The letter describes several other projects that are waiting for the bureaucracy's approval.
The building industry here is in a state of slow move/paralysis condition. no bureaucrat signs anything, and they push the plans always to consideration by higher committees and always are demanding more information and changes. In the end, when there is an end, the projects have to be signed by the Prime Minister. Then, ten years after, the process the Prime Minister (the Olmert case of the Jerusalem project) as suspected of having approved the project for some kind of bribe, such as political support or because his retarded third cousin was employed by the company as assistant night watch.