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Norway minister visits bomb-hit government building. Cleanup work at the centre of Oslo continues as Labour’s (Ap) Rigmor Aasrud enters the site for the first time since Anders Behring Breivik’s 22 July attack. Minister of Administration and Church Affairs Rigmor Aasrud stood just metres from the where the 900-kilo bomb exploded almost three months ago, killing eight. “It is very intense to stand here and see the devastation, and to be reminded of what happened.”

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Norway minister visits bomb-hit government building

Published on Wednesday, 12th October, 2011 at 17:40 under the news category, by John Price   .

Cleanup work at the centre of Oslo continues as Labour’s (Ap) Rigmor Aasrud enters the site for the first time since Anders Behring Breivik’s 22 July attack.

Ministry of Justice after the bombing
Ministry of Justice after the bombing
Photo: Justis- og politidepartementet/Flickr


Minister of Administration and Church Affairs Rigmor Aasrud stood just metres from the where the 900-kilo bomb exploded almost three months ago, killing eight.

“It is very intense to stand here and see the devastation, and to be reminded of what happened.”

“The construction material has sustained massive damage, but that is theleast important. It’s those who have had to offer their lives or who are seriously injured that have paid the price,” she said to Aftenposten.

As offices are being cleared one-by-one, workers, who have had to be given security clearance, are having to wear protective masks because of asbestos dust. Work is expected to continue at least up to Christmas.

“We have taken downand secured loose parts in the roof so nothing falls on our heads. We havecleared places to walk so that itis safe to get through. Nevertheless, there are still walls thatare crooked, so we must proceed with caution,” said government safety, health, and work environment coordinator, Knut Farholm.

It is unclear whether the present building will be restored or have to be pulled down, but constructing an entirely new one is estimated to cost between three and six billion kroner. The government has allocated 20 million towards planning new premises.

“There will be an assessment of safety and costs,but also as to how practical organising a government is. At the moment, the government building is close to Parliament, which is convenient,” minister Aasrud told Dagsavisen.

Meanwhile, staff and politicians relocated to temporary offices could have to stay there for up to five years, pending technical reports.



Published on Wednesday, 12th October, 2011 at 17:40 under the news category, by John Price   .

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