February 5, 2023

Athens News

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Ministry of Tourism closed the hotel "torn off balcony"

It was decided to temporarily suspend the work of the hotel located on Singru Avenue (N. Smirni), in which the balcony almost collapsed.

The decision was made following a visit to the scene by Olympia Anastasopoulou, Secretary General for Tourism Policy and Development, and Attica Regional Tourism Service (PYT) Director, and in consultation with Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias.

According to APE-MPE, according to experts, in in this situation, there is an immediate threat to the lives of peopleand there is an urgent need to eliminate it in accordance with current legislation.

Subsequently, the competent tourist police proceeded to immediately implement this decision and evacuate the hotel guests. Today, the competent authority of the Ministry of Tourism of Attica is conducting additional checks, the results of which will be reported. Police have put up tape to prevent people from passing through the area until the “hanging by a thread” balcony is lifted off with cranes. According to ERT, the balcony has become a tourist attraction, and some rush to take pictures against it.

As Athens News previously reported, one of the balconies of the hotel, located on Syngrou Avenue, “partially separated” from the facade of the building, preparing to collapse on the heads of unsuspecting citizens. As the publication protothema.gr notes, near the hotel where the incident occurred, people move (to get into neighboring companies) and put their lives at risk.

The balcony, according to the hotel manager, “fell off” at 2:30 am on Saturday, while there was no one in the room. The official in charge said that “all legal steps have been taken, but since it was Saturday, the cranes have not yet arrived to do the necessary work.” “Apparently, because of the downpour and heavy wind, the rusted (rotted) fittings lost their strength, and the balcony fell off,” he said.

The authorities were going to “tear off” the balcony from the facade of the building on the same day, but … the balcony still continues to hang, holding on only “on parole”, apparently, based on the Greek proverb “siga-siga” (σιγά σιγά), in the Russian version “slowly, little by little”.

The balcony, according to the hotel manager, “fell off” at 2:30 am on Saturday, while there was no one in the room. The official in charge said that “all legal steps have been taken, but since it was Saturday, the cranes have not yet arrived to do the necessary work.” “Apparently, because of the downpour and heavy wind, the rusted (rotted) fittings lost their strength, and the balcony fell off,” he said.

The authorities were going to “tear off” the balcony from the facade of the building on the same day, but … the balcony still continues to hang, holding on only “on parole”, apparently, based on the Greek proverb “siga-siga” (σιγά σιγά), in the Russian version “slowly, little by little”.



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