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A symbolic time capsule buried on the construction site of a new custody facility

On 23 November, the ceremony of the burial of a symbolic time capsule marks the beginning of the construction of a new custody facility of Vilnius County Police Headquarters and the buildings of the Police Station No 1 of the capital city. The subsidiary company PPP Projektas of MG Valda, one of the largest real estate development companies in Lithuania, is investing in the design, construction, fitting out, and subsequent management and maintenance of the new custody facility and a police station.

Commissioner General of the Lithuanian Police, Linas Pernavas, welcomed the first joint project between the police and private business in Lithuania.

‘Following the implementation of the project, working conditions will improve not only for police officials, but also for the residents of Vilnius visiting the police headquarters and guests. The old custody facility in Vilnius has become notorious, because the existing poor conditions are not acceptable in the 21st century in the capital city of a modern EU Member State. I expect that the construction works will be performed on schedule and police officials will finally have the conditions that they well deserve. We will not stop at this project. Intensive preparatory work is underway with private investors for similar projects in Kaunas and Panevėžys,’ Pernavas said.

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The symbolic ceremony marking the start of the construction was attended by the Chancellor of the Ministry of the Interior, Algirdas Stončaitis, Commissioner General of the Lithuanian Police, Linas Pernavas, Director General of the real estate development company MG Valda, Sigita Survilaitė-Mekionienė, Head of Vilnius County Police Headquarters, Saulius Gagas, and Director General of construction company Mitnija, Julius Gendvilis.

The main objectives raised for the buildings are functionality and working conditions to ensure work efficiency and to improve provision of services. Great attention in both buildings will be paid to modern and more spacious premises for providing services to visitors. The new custody facility will solve the problem of obsolete and depreciated premises for detention. Meanwhile the new police station project focuses on the facilitation of the administrative work of the police officials by providing more convenient and spacious premises.

Both objects will be built within two years and for the next 15 years the police will continue its partnership with the private investor and instalment purchase of the buildings. During the entire term of the contract, the private investor will take care of the management and maintenance of the building.

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