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Vilnius should scrap funicular railway on Gediminas Hill

BC, Vilnius, 29.12.2016.Print version
Funicular railways constructed on the Gediminas Hill in Vilnius 13 years ago should be scrapped for good, Birute Kulnyte, director of the Lithuanian National Museum said LETA/BNS.

"I believe this one should go. We all see that it is a major visual disturbance. The structure for the funicular on top of the Gediminas mound is, I believe, in too much of honor," Kulnyte told journalists on Thursday.

In her words, the decision on the future of the funicular railway should be made by Enviroment Minister Kestutis Navickas.

The funicular railway on the slope of the Gediminas Hill in central Vilnius was constructed in 2003 to bring people to the Gediminas Castle.

After the hill was tarred by landslides earlier this year, the country's new Prime Minister Viktoras Pranckietis and Culture Minister Liana Ruokyte-Jonsson on Thursday visited the hill and discussed a rescue plan.

The Gediminas Hill has been closed to tourists since the end of last week because of the efforts to manage the landslides.

The condition of the Gediminas Hill became an issue following major landslides in February and October. The National Museum intends to start the repairs in spring. According to data provided by the Culture Ministry, 300,000 euros has been granted for the efforts in 2016, with another 800,000 euros projected for next year.

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