The country’s Attorney General, Margarita Cabello Blanco, put a magnifying glass on coastal protection efforts for Cartagena de Indias, the most important project the country has undertaken against climate change today, but presenting delays and paralysis in the work.

Headed by the Risk and Disaster Management Unit (UNGRD), the project is being carried out in two phases: the first started in December 2021 with work between the Historic Center and El Laguito (i.e. from the Iribarren spur to the Santo Domingo bend). , including Bocagrande). The progression of this first stage is 50 percent.

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“What we’ve seen is that the resolution of coastal erosion in Cartagena has become a problem for the city: work has stopped“Due to the lack of joint work in the National Risk Management Division and other officials who were part of some parallel contracts that had to go hand in hand with the original designs of the project,” said Attorney General Margarita Cabello Blanco. Nation from the Bocagrande tourism region, where he has shown paralyzed studies and an “isolation uncertainty” between UNGRD and the Cartagena Region.

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“This work is a necessity in order to prevent coastal erosion, to prevent the reduction of beaches: Cartagena is losing between 0.5 and 5 meters of beach and this is a very serious situation. Every lost meter of beach is a show for people and the industry.”

Problems at Playa Cinco, which the Proplaya Consortium delivered in Bocagrande at the end of last year, but never opened to tourists due to inconsistencies between the originally submitted designs and the original designs, baffled the head of the Public Ministry. final result of the study.

According to the Port of Cartagena Captain’s Office, there is a gap between the actual capacity of bathers with beach number five today and the capacity revealed by the business designs. Proplaya promised a capacity of 1,518 people on this piece of beach in the designs it presented in 2018, but warned that it could only hold 978 people when delivering the job.

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According to Proplaya, the following work was done on spurs 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 in the first year of the Coastal Protection project. They have already built a total of 2 constructions, a marginal protection and a 2nd type breakwater. kilometer. They also built a type 1 breakwater on beaches 4, 5 and 6; and they filled the fifth beach with sand and now they are doing the same on the fourth beach. It also installs the rainwater drainage system between calle 12 and calle 15.

The second phase started in October 2022 with work between the El Cabrero sector and the Crespo tunnel. According to UNGR, this stage is progressing in 68 percent of jobs.

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However, the mega-project, financed with resources worth 160 billion pesos from the National Government and the Cartagena Region, It is progressing at a snail’s pace, and the head of the Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office reported it. Walkers on the beaches of the Bocagrande tourist area are weary of coastal erosion.

John Montano
EL TIEMPO correspondent

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Source: Exame

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