PPK’s administration is channeling up to S/ 100 million to consolidate Lima’s transportation problems under 1 government body.
Bruno Giuffra, Minister of Transport and Communications, stated that the creation of the Urban Transport Authority for Lima and Callao (ATU) is going to bring all transport related issues under 1 umbrella for Peru’s capital city.
El Comercio reports that this process will involve the fusion of a number of existing government entities into ATU. ATU will assume responsibility for all of the functions previously divided into various administrative bodies.
The aim of this fusion can be summed up by this statement from the Minister:
“In a similar accident to what happened on Cerro San Cristobal, the only responsible authority would have been the ATU.”
President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski mentioned this very accident in his address to the nation on July 28. He lamented that after the accident, none of the authoritative bodies concerned were willing to take responsibility. He asserted that his government is going to take steps to improve transportation problems in Peru’s large cities.
This fusion of entities under the ATU will streamline the processes of urban transport administration.
The Ministry of Transport is investing up to S./ 100 million in the creation of this new all-encompassing administrative body. It remains to be seen to what extent this agency will be involved during the planning and re-organization of Lima’s urban transportation.