The president of the National Infrastructure Agency, Manuel Felipe Gutiérrez, confirmed to Caracol Radio that the award process for the Dam Channelbelonging to the program Bicentennial Awardsor Fifth Generation of Concessions, It is up to the next government to award it.
“This adjudication is going to be postponed for a few more weeks and it will be up to the next government to make the decisions on the case.Gutierrez said.
The president of the ANI explained that prior consultations were held, more than 100 meetings with the communityapart from another 160 meetings in the framework of the prior consultationthe resources were obtained, the financial modeling and the project is now ready for the next government to make the decisions of the case.
The Canal de Dique APPwill have investments in the order of more than $3.1 billion including work-operation and maintenance. However, it has been a longing for 50 years of the communities for this work to become a reality.
“This project seeks to settle a historical debt that we had with the inhabitants who reside in the area of influence of the project, because in addition to rescuing systems that were in constant degradation, we are going to mitigate the impacts in the face of probable floods. It is, without a doubt, a project that is going to change the face of the Colombian Caribbean”, the transport ministerAngela Maria Orozco.
The Canal del Dique is an initiative that has been talked about for more than 50 years in the country and was essential to benefit, among other things, the transport of goods through its waters to the Caribbean portsbut also because it represents a relief from the problems of sedimentation and flood risks that even more than 10 years ago caused an enormous tragedy on the Caribbean Coast, leaving more than 100 thousand victims.
The initiative could maintain control of sediment transit between the channel and the bays of Cartagena and Barbacoas, The risk of flooding will also be mitigated by controlling the water levels in the canal.
On the other hand, it would improve the swamp-swamp and swamp-canal connections, and the restoration of ecosystems in the Corales del Rosario National Natural Park and Saint Bernard.
It was estimated that this Thursday, August 4, 2022, the project with investments in the order of $3.1 billion (work-operation and maintenance), would be awarded to the Spanish firm Sacyr Concessions Colombia S.A.S.which was the only proponent.