What is the project for a train between the Pacific and the Atlantic that received the support of President Gustavo Petro?

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The President invited the private infrastructure sector to join this initiative that would be profitable when it comes to mobilizing food production

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What is the project for a train between the Pacific and the Atlantic that received the support of the president? Gustavo Petro

Petro announced that the Government can finance the study to build the railway line that unites the Pacific with the Atlantic and connects the Altillanura

During the speech at the National Infrastructure Congress led by the Colombian Chamber of Infrastructure (CCI), President Gustavo Petro made a Called for the Colombian State and the private infrastructure sector to work together to make the initiative to unite the Pacific with the Atlantic with a railway line a reality b>, connecting the altillanura. For this, he proposed that the Government can finance the respective studies.

The president explained that this proposal is profitable, when it comes to mobilizing the food produced in the so-called Colombian highlands. Venezuela, “a region larger and with more water than Ukraine —the world's pantry— and that is not blockable, like that nation today at war. That is why I invite the private sector to join the initiative ”.

To this statement he added:“ How much does it cost? I agree; we can do the study, finance it. We could have that referent; perhaps it is not in our government, perhaps there are several; but here a private initiative, which thinks in these terms of what food means in times of the climate crisis in the world, could perfectly find that it is absolutely profitable”.

President Gustavo Petro recalled that this proposal, which he made during the campaign, is viable, inviting the cargo sector of the world to see Colombia as the alternative to overcome the enormous congestion problems that the Panama Canal is experiencing today< /b>.

Link the Pacific with the Atlantic to attract part of the cargo that moves in the world to finance our rail system, because our own cargo does not He achieves it. The figure is a concession or APP (Public-Private Partnership) which is a derivation if you will; but if we link the Pacific with the AtlanticWe make a Bypass to the Panama Canal, which is congested. Then, there is a load that would be available to finance that Bypass”, the president explained during the congress.

He explained that the Amazon would not be crossed, as was done with the multimodal model of years ago, but would connect Tumaco with the east, passing through the jungle foothills, and the Patía valley, which is the narrowest part of the Andes; then “in the eastern plains, you can go to Puerto Carreño, and once you overcome the binational problem, you go out to the Atlantic”, he added.

If that is achieved connection, undoubtedly it would be a new Colombia. With any possibility of agricultural, agro-industrial, food development not only for Colombia, but for humanity”, he highlighted and stated that this is an idea mentioned by many presidents of the region and everyone has perceived that there is an option there.

It is that the water and is between the oceans; How can we not use that sparsely populated space to build a much more powerful Colombia in terms of life. It is not an invitation to see if there is oil underneath, it is an invitation to produce food and industrialize ourselves”, proposed the president.

The Head of State recalled that a railway is cheaper than a highway, on flat land, and if it is electric, it will bring greater benefits.

The I would invite, as a point of contact, the development of electric mobility in Colombia, with the infrastructure that this requires: charging stations, different forms of trunk lines in the cities, trams, subways, if we can fulfill our decades-old dream of the subway for the city of Bogotá and if it doesn't get stuck again. This is for dialogue with you Shall we do it? ”, he pointed out.