Council approved the entry of the capital to the Bogotá-Cundinamarca metropolitan region

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The initiative authorizes the Capital District to be part of the new metropolitan region, to which the Government of Cundinamarca already joined last May, with the Departmental Assembly approval

Council approved the entry of the capital to the Bogotá metropolitan region ;-Cundinamarca

With 27 votes in favor and 11 against, the city council authorizes the Colombian capital to be part of the new metropolitan region. Photo archive

After three sessions and long discussions, the Council of Bogotá approved the admission of the city to the Metropolitan Region: Bogotá-Cundinamarca. With this decision, the figure of association is activated in the center of the territory, something unprecedented in the country.

Thus, with 27 votes in favor and 11 against, the Council authorized the capital of Colombians to be part of the new metropolitan region, in which the Government of Cundinamarca has already been linked since last May, thanks to the approval of the Departmental Assembly.

One ​​of the main integral development projects in the Region by the mayor, Claudia López, has presented several positions recently, since this would directly affect Bogotá as well as Cundinamarca, since tools are established to jointly solve common issues or metropolitan events that require analysis, planning, administrative and, above all, financial efforts.

In addition, the objective of the administration and the government is to allow the most efficient use of public resources between public and private actors in territorial, environmental, economic, public services and mobility aspects and transportation.

It should be noted that Its purpose is to guarantee the formulation and execution of public policies, plans, programs and projects of sustainable development that benefit both Bogotá and its neighboring municipalities; as well as the timely and efficient provision of services that promote equity, close the gaps between the territories and carry out works of regional interest.

During the plenary, the councilman Fabián Puentes, spokesperson for the Mira Party, stressed that when this type of conformation is carried out, of metropolitan regions worldwide, one of the consequences is the increase in productivity and competitiveness.

For his part, Rubén Torrado, spokesman for the Partido de la U, maintained that: “It is important that the decisions made in this figure of associativity be articulated and give guidelines to proceed in the respective jurisdictions”.

In this same line of approval of the project 'Bogotá-Cundinamarca Metropolitan Region', councilman Julián R Sastoque, representative for the Green Party, announced his positive vote and also pointed out that “myths are just that: myths< /b>”, clarifying that the capital city will never leave the other municipalities of Cundinamarca without water.

“The challenge in the face of these regional and metropolitan events is precisely to build shared visions that have to do with development, with the mobilization of collective actions,” said spokesman Armando Gutiérrez González, highlighting the importance of this project for all the region.

Council approved the admission of the capital to the Bogotá-Cundinamarca metropolitan region

The councilman of Bogotá and Mayor of the Town of Los Mártires, welcomed the decision made in the council. Photo via: @_javierospina

On the other hand, the voices of discontent and disapproval of this project led by the mayor were not long in coming.

“All the diagnoses are true, but it doesn't mean that we had to do an MRI the way it was done, in which the people of Bogota have to pay more taxes and they have lied to the different sectors about that,” said Lucía Bastidas.

One of the councilors who has been in charge of denouncing the shortcomings of the López administration in various aspects, social, economic and security, has been Diana Diago, who on this occasion expressed her discontent with the decision made this afternoon.

“There remains a feeling that shouldn't be and that is worse than nothing, this is what there is then let's approve it because there is no more and with this we look how to carry out this project, well no, citizens should feel represented”, stressed the spokeswoman for the Democratic Center.

Councilman Carlos Carrillo of the Historical Pact stated that the Mayor's Office of Bogotá has always sought a way to cover the “broken vein” that TransMilenio represents for the city and the Metropolitan Region, which according to the spokesperson “will become a goose that lays the golden eggs to continue filling the coffers of the private operators.”

Furthermore, Carrillo had stated days before that if the District Council approves the admission of Bogotá to the Metropolitan Region, all the municipalities that comprise it they will begin to assume the deficit caused by the mass system today.

“This was confirmed by the Ministry of Mobility when it stated that the Regional Mobility Agency could create a regional tariff stabilization fund (FETR), which would include not only the Regiotram and the Metro, but also TransMilenio”, added Carrillo.