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Completing Biodome Investment Project Less Costly than Projected, says Mayor Karácsony

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.10.08.

The Biodome project can be completed from 10 billion forints (EUR 28m) less than previously projected but extra resources will still need to be used, Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony said on Thursday, citing a recent audit of the project.

The Biodome, presenting life in the Carpathian Basin millions of years ago, is located on the territory of the Budapest Zoo in the City Park.

Karácsony said he would like to discuss the issue with the government at the October 15 meeting of the Public Developments Council.

Deputy Mayor Erzsébet Gy Németh said the auditor and the Metropolitan Council agreed that the Biodome could be opened by March 2024.

Back in February, Gergely Gulyás, head of the Prime Minister’s Office, said that the government had fully covered the cost of the project up to that date. He added that in the meantime, costs had escalated by 15-20 billion forints, which the central budget could not provide. He called on the municipality to pay its fair share.

Featured photo illustration via zoobudapest.com