Last month, Minister of State for the development of Budapest and the metropolitan agglomeration Balázs Fürjes, told Inforádió
that the government will not allocate more funds for the bio-dome
to be completed. According to Fürjes, the government initially welcomed the idea and even provided additional resources, but then Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden director Miklós Persányi has “put the government and the country as a whole in a very difficult situation,” as an additional HUF 20 billion (EUR 60 million) was needed
for the completion of the bio-dome.
Gov’t Commissioner Blames Zoo Director for Risk of Biodome Incompletion
According to Fürejes, after the first price increase, Persányi promised the government that there wouldn’t be any more hikes. Fürjes also confirmed that the government has thus far allocated HUF 45 billion (EUR 135 million) for the project in which they had no say, as it had exclusively been overseen by the Zoo’s leadership.
Pannon Park Biodome Set to Open in 2021
According to hvg.hu, the new finance director of the Zoo has finished evaluating the costs of the bio-dome investment with answers as to why it costs more than the originally expected 43.7 billion. According to this, they initially considered a smaller project area, while the execution plans of the construction company (Market, owned by István Garancsi), “contained several previously unknown tasks or altered estimates of earlier quantities,” and construction prices have also risen lately. According to Hvg.hu, items that add to the budget include hospitality items as well, which alone cost 660 million. Not to mention that the zoo’s energy bill will increase with the operation of the bio-dome, and even 140-150 employees will have to be hired by 2021, the planned opening of Pannon Park.
In the featured photo: Miklós Persányi in the Biodome. Photo by Zoltán Balogh/MTI