The condition of the Chain Bridge is deteriorating, its renovation must begin without delay, the leader of ruling Fidesz’s Budapest chapter said.
Zsolt Láng told public broadcaster Kossuth Radio that pieces in the bridge’s structure might start to come off posing danger to ship traffic and vehicles on the riverbank, citing reports by experts. He said that Gergely Karácsony, the city’s mayor, had agreed in January to go ahead with the iconic bridge’s renovation, but has failed to take any concrete steps on the matter ever since. Láng said Karácsony “is using the Chain Bridge as a political tool in the fight against the government”.
The Chain Bridge is a landmark of Budapest, it is the mayor’s responsibility to immediately start its renovation, Láng said. He said the government has already earmarked 6 billion forints (EUR 07.3m) for the project in addition to the 17.3 billion set aside by István Tarlós, the previous mayor. “The Budapest municipality has a budget of 300 billion forints which means it has sufficient resources to start the renovation,” Láng said.