“In the past 40 years, nothing has changed in Chiatura. Just like human beings die when they are old, also the infrastructure of our city is dying. We need a lot of money to change the system — but only the government can provide it. In autumn, our city will start a complete rehabilitation and repair of the whole system.“
- Malkhazi Mikhelidze, director of the water company of Chiatura
In 2016 the people in Chiatura celebrate the 130. anniversary of the manganese mine.
The metal under the feet vibrates. The cabin crawls up along the cable. Higher and higher. A warm wind strokes the face of the passenger. The cable car gains height with ease. Higher and higher. Under the bottom of the cabin, Chiatura becomes smaller; The people on the street move like ants. The hectic city gets more pleasant the more it loses size; the more the harassed people lose importance.
The time seems to stand still. The noise of the streets falls silent. Except for the soothing rattling of the cog which carries the cable car along, it is silent; comfortably silent.