Director of Social Prosperity questions the Metropolitan Region project from Zipaquirá

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Cielo Rusinque proposed to “rethink” the project of a city region as is the commitment of the mayor of Bogotá, Claudia López, and the governor of Cundinamarca, Nicolás García Bustos

Director of Social Prosperity questions the Metropolitan Region project from Zipaquirá

Binding Regional Dialogue in Zipaquirá and the Bogotá savannah

The national government of President Gustavo Petro maintains objections to the Metropolitan Region project in Bogotá and the savannah from Cundinamarca. An issue that fueled the installation of the Binding Regional Dialogue in the municipality of Zipaquirá and left Governor Nicolás García in an uncomfortable moment.

During the installation of the event at the Arena del Sol Coliseum, the issue came up. Initially by the high councilor for the regions, Luis Fernando Velasco, who approached him timidly: “When you come to Zipaquirá you have to have the conception of the citizens who are looking for how this whole area becomes a city-region, it is something else, the problems are others, the potentialities are others”, he said in comparison with the previous participation in the dialogues in La Guajira.

But the climate was stirred up when it was the turn of the director of the Department of Social Prosperity, Cielo Rusinque, who raised the objections that the Government has to the project regarding the environmental impacts, the lack of public agreement and reiterated the invitation to reconsider the project, attending to the demands of the communities.

“I would like to make a special call on this day, because we know that a metropolitan bill is currently under way, a bet that concerns the people of Cundinamarca, which is well advanced, but which lacks an essential element, which is precisely what we are doing. here today: the political participation of the people of Cundinamarca. This government is committed to political participation, to ordering around water, to a sustainable environmental commitment, it is a government that wants to listen to the communities in order to build its national development plan based on it,” Rusinque said.

This is not the first time that they have questioned the participation of citizens and the inhabitants of the Bogota savannah in the project. The Minister of the Environment, Susana Muhammad, had also done it, who through a concept asked the mayor to withdraw the project that is currently in the Council to approve the admission of the city to the Metropolitan Region.

“This and many needs in the region are of the main attention of the national government. From the government an invitation has been extended precisely both to the region and to the mayor of Bogotá so that together we rethink this model, according to the bets of the national government, according to a bet for the defense of the environment, the crisis due to the season of rains and the majority bet of the citizens around a model that is formed of ordering around the water, of the defense of a sustainable development that allows us to open the debate”, added the director of the DPS.

That request had already aroused Mayor Claudia López's annoyance with the national government. The project has already passed the first debate and from Tuesday the plenary discussion is scheduled to conclude this week with the final vote, which would have been brought forward after it was initially considered for the end of November.

After Rusinque, the governor of Cundinamarca, Nicolás García Bustos participated, but his speech was interrupted by the demonstration of a group of people against the project and a banner that read “No to the Metropolitan Region without citizen participation.”

Director of Social Prosperity questions the project Metropolitan Region from Zipaquirá

Binding Regional Dialogue in Zipaquirá and the Bogotá savannah

To avoid the controversy, the governor assured that the event included inhabitants of municipalities that do not correspond to the savannah and, therefore, that it does not directly affect them the city-region project, so the discussion could not sit exclusively on that initiative.

“There are people here who are in favor of the Metropolitan Region and who want it to have another tint and to be able to discuss and dialogue. Simply tell everyone with appreciation, affection and respect that we have come to listen to everyone and that this space should be for building, not only on the region but on all points. The metropolitan region is one point of many that come to be discussed here, from the trunk of the Negro River, from the trunk of the Guavio, of how we can buy products from our farmers,” he said.

The mayor of Zipaquirá also had a speech cut short by the cries of protest, especially the lack of water in the municipality. “It is essential to sit down as equals to be able to talk about common issues that can be consolidated through a metropolitan region. It is very important to guarantee it, so we thank everyone who is here, to those of us who think differently, with absolute respect, let us make sure that our needs are included in the national development plan”, he concluded.

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