Bogotá Metro: unions reject pressure to change the route – Sectors – Economy


The users of public transport in Bogotá will be the ones who suffer the greatest consequences in view of the possibility that the Metro project being built in the country’s capital will be stopped. The warnings about an eventual paralysis of the mega-work and its effects come from the Colombian Chamber of Infrastructure (CCI) and the Inter-union Committee of Bogotá and Cundinamarca, who advocate for a prompt solution to the recent controversy between the National Government and the City Hall.

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While the CCI maintains that if the metro project continues to be delayed indefinitely, the Citizens who use public transport according to regulations would be the main affecteds for a decision of this nature, the Interunion Committee will highlight the urgency of finding a consensus between the National and District governments to «avoid announcements and warnings that condition the important progress of an ongoing project and the co-financing of new key projects for mobility From the capital»

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The reactions are given in response to recent statements by the President Gustavo Petro in which he insists on the need for a change in the layout of the metro with which it is sought that it is not elevated but underground.

According to the CCI, the Nation finances 70 percent of the costs of the project, which means that the resources of the citizens themselves will be affected, «if one takes into account that the work could have additional costs, even up to 3 billion pesos.

“It cannot be forgotten that the tax collection of Bogota represents 25 percent of the total collection of the Nation. This means that the greatest contribution to the financing of the project will be made by the people of Bogotá who, paradoxically, would be affected by the city’s solutions in terms of mobility and the correct execution of its resources, as a result of their taxes,» stated the infrastructure union. .

For your part, insist that given the progress of this mega-work, 60 percent in the workshop yard and 18 percent in its execution, there is no technical or legal justification that warrants changing the current contract.

The warning of the Inter-union Committee, of which 21 unions of the country’s production are part, goes further by pointing out that a decision of this nature puts the advancement of other key infrastructure for the city at risk and that they have a cost of 65 trillions of pesos that the government itself co-trusts.

He mentioned projects like the Western Region, the expansion of Calle 13, the ALO Sur, the Regiotram del Norte and three aerial cables, among many other works in progress.

He also pointed out that the uncertainty in the works for Bogotá and the region will impact the competitiveness of the business fabric and will affect thousands of people who depend on public transport for their mobility, while losing hope of improving their quality of life.

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