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Grandiose national theatre to be finished by 2002

Despite years of delays, government officials announced August 30 that the mammoth national theater complex under construction near Bratislava's Šafarikovo námestie will be completed by 2002.

Ground was broken for the socialist-style structure back in 1986, and over 1 billion crowns have already been spent on the project.

Culture Minister Milan Knažko said 1.7 million crowns will be needed to complete the structure. The original budget for the building was 900 million crowns.

Though officials discussed scrapping or selling the project, the ministry ultimately decided against it. Knažko said he hopes that extra funds diverted from road construction can go towards the project.

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