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LOCAL preservationists claim that protected land of a pheasantry in Jarovce near Bratislava has been illegally transferred to private hands, said Viera Kimerlingová, a Petržalka local council member at a press conference held by the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH).

Conditions at this pheasantry might change radically.Conditions at this pheasantry might change radically. (Source: Sme)

LOCAL preservationists claim that protected land of a pheasantry in Jarovce near Bratislava has been illegally transferred to private hands, said Viera Kimerlingová, a Petržalka local council member at a press conference held by the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH).

She added that the town-planning study for the recently announced Metroplis complex foresees massive construction in the area and busy traffic nearby the protected area reserved for pheasants.

“There are indications the developers [of Metropolis] own this pheasantry, even though a protected area can’t be transferred,” Kimerlingová said, adding that KDH will verify this information through experts.

“If the information proves to be true, we’ll take action ... we’ll certainly turn to a prosecutor ... a protected area must definitely be owned by the state,” said Kimerlingová.

“I have heard allegations from protectionists’ organisations that this pheasantry has been illegally transferred. If it is in private hands and is being offered for sale, the state has the right of first option of purchase,” she stated.

The European developer TriGranit announced its €1.5 billion project called Metropolis, to include a casino, recreation facilities and a congress centre, in January this year. A campaign against construction of the casino is being supported by 20 organisations and more than 56,000 people have signed a petition against the casino.

The entire project was rejected by the local council and Bratislava mayor Andrej Ďurkovský (from KDH) has suggested that the casino should be dropped from the plans.

The public first learned about the TriGranit project in October 2009, reportedly more than two years after preparations for its construction had begun.


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