Castañeda responds to Environment, Finance Ministers regarding by-pass

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Since Mayor of Lima, Luis Castañeda decided to cancel the Río Verde project almost a month ago, Congress, the Ministers of Environment and Finance and the Shipibo community have held a strong sentiment of disapproval.

The against sides argue that the project fails to follow through to provide housing to Shipibo communities as promised, it deprives the city of a social green space, and it is not legally nor financially well studied, among other reasons.

The Minister of the Environment, Manuel Pulgar Vidal and the Minister of the Economy and Finance, Alonso Segura each targeted their concerns and queries to the mayor of Lima yesterday morning regarding the future by-pass of 28 de Julio Avenue.

Segura told the mayor of Lima, that not only are they concerned for the financial support for the project, but the legalities of the by-pass and cancellation of the Río verde project. The Minister told Castañeda to read the law. To this, Castañeda said I shouldn’t have to consult the law when I shouldn’t have to. There is not one dependency of the municipality with the Economy, unless when the law specifically calls for it, according to El Comercio

I also ask that he (Segura) read the law. Our Minister isn’t a lawyer and he is mistaken, said Castañeda.

The mayor responded in a similar manner to the Minister of the Environment who presented concerns about taking away a green space that was meant to provide a community with a social and healthy environment.

Pulgar Vidal said, It is better to have a project like the Rio verde than it is to build a by-pass that could eventually happen and with another budget.

To this argument, the mayor of Lima responded, He is wrong. He’s not familiar with the project. Tell me where he is in this project? reports El Comercio Ministers of the Environment and Finance each questioned Luis Castañeda’s decision to construct the by-pass.

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