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The Local Government requests amendments to the PGE so that they collect 'essential' investments for El Ejido, such as the improvement of links 409 and 411 of the A-7, the expansion of the treatment plant or greater financial resources to serve the beaches of Balerma and Guardias Old
The mayor, Francisco Góngora, has underlined the importance of continuing to demand the execution of these works "since the General State Budgets for 2021 park absolutely necessary projects for our municipality that do not admit any further delays"
For Góngora, the project on the A-7 “accumulates a more than significant delay in relation to some works that by now should be underway. However, the Government only contemplates an insufficient amount of 100,000 euros for this project in the PGE for 2021, which is the same as leaving it out of its plans "
It is requested that the budget of the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge expand the economic allocation planned for the control of the regression of the Almeria coast at least up to 1,000,000 euros
The Plenary session held today at the El Ejido City Council has unanimously approved requesting amendments to the General State Budgets since they do not contemplate ‘essential’ investments for El Ejido.
The mayor of El Ejido, Francisco Góngora, has underlined "the importance of continuing to demand the inclusion and execution of these works since the State Budgets park absolutely necessary projects for our municipality that do not admit further delays." “We are talking about the expansion of the treatment plant; the improvement of links 409 and 411 of the A-7 highway; and of the items destined to the protection of our coastline to address the problems of regression on the Balerma and Guardias Viejas beaches ”.
In this way, the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda is asked to include in its annex of real investments the improvement works of the 409 and 411 links of the A-7 highway.
Góngora recalled that with this project we seek to "decongest traffic in these two conflictive points, increase security in both enclaves and reform the connection of the A-7, considerably improving communications through the entrances of the COPO Shopping Center, Hospital de Poniente and through the nuclei of Santa María del Águila and Las Norias de Daza, in addition to improving the current traffic conditions both in the branches that form the accesses and at the intersection nodes ”.
This project, although it has been claimed for years, was not launched until 2017, with the drafting of the construction project awarded in July 2018 and formalized in September. The estimated budget for the bidding of the works was 4,450,000 euros, and the estimated term for the drafting of the project of 10 months, "so there is already a more than significant delay in relation to some works that by now should be on the go. However, the Government only contemplates an insufficient amount of 100,000 euros for this project in the PGE for 2021, which is the same as leaving it out of its plans, ”the first mayor added. As Góngora has highlighted “we understand that this action is vital for the development and expansion of the entire business and tourist fabric of the municipality the execution of this project that responds to the demand in which we have been working from the Local Government to alleviate the volume of traffic registered at this point ”.
Likewise, it has been requested that the budget of the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge expand the financial allocation foreseen for the control of the regression of the Almeria coast at least up to 1,000,000 euros. And is that the 2021 Budget has planned 200,000 euros for the entire province, a figure that is clearly insufficient, because as it should be remembered, only El Ejido has invested in so far in 2020 a figure similar to the one budgeted.
Finally, the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge is asked to include in its annex of real investments the expansion works of the complex of the El Ejido WWTP facilities, with a maximum programming period in 2024. And it is that the The municipality is currently facing a serious problem in terms of water purification and requires the urgent start-up of the expansion works of these facilities, which consist of the purification plant itself, as well as an important impulse, a land outlet and an underwater emissary to lead the purified waters to the sea. These facilities were designed in the 1980s, with a capacity of 60,000 equivalent inhabitants; a capacity widely exceeded to date (90,000 equivalent inhabitants, 30% of the design capacity), and which are generating the following problems, among others: difficulties in the optimal treatment of wastewater is, operating problems in the tertiary treatment attached to the WWTP that allows to have reclaimed water in the municipality and lack of transport capacity for treated water.
The councilor has indicated that "they are very necessary and indispensable to guarantee water sustainability in order to provide a viable, efficient and feasible solution to this situation."
These works must be carried out by the State, because as we well know, the "sanitation, purification and reuse of Campo de Dalías" is declared of General Interest of the State by Law 10/2001, of July 5, of the National Hydrological Plan, It is in this sense that the expansion works of the El Ejido WWTP were contemplated in the Hydrological Plan of the Mediterranean Basins of Andalusia, which valued them at € 29,300,000, and holds the Central Administration responsible for their execution.