Monterrey.-The Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) and the National Water Commission (Conagua) will lead the construction of the “El Cuchillo 2” aqueduct, which seeks to alleviate the supply crisis in the metropolitan area of Monterrey.
In an event at noon yesterday with Governor Samuel García, the Secretary of the Interior, Adán Augusto López, pointed out that the work was decreed last Friday as national security by President López Obrador, so both agencies will be in control.
In the act at the Government Palace, it was detailed that the new line to the “El Cuchillo” dam will provide 10,000 liters per second, double that of the current aqueduct, and it is planned to be divided into 10 sections and each one of them will be taken over by a company from Nuevo León.
The investment, calculated at 15.7 billion pesos, it was clarified, will come from the federal, state and municipal governments.
The works of “El Cuchillo 2” should begin next September 2 and be completed in a period of eight to 10 months.
“The President has summoned the National Security Council to authorize this national security work and the Secretary of National Defense and the National Water Commission are in charge of the execution and general project of this work.
“And the Nuevo León water operator (Water and Drainage) is the one that directs the construction of this important work,” said Augusto López.
In the current six-year term, Sedena has taken control of emblematic works, such as the construction of the Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA), inaugurated on March 21, and sections of the Mayan Train, currently under construction.
The projects have been questioned for their opacity and irregularities, in addition to the fact that Sedena has subcontracted the work.
Hours earlier, in his conference, López Obrador said that the pipeline should be ready in eight or 10 months, and asked that the companies to be hired be from Nuevo León.
“We want the companies (from Nuevo León) to also participate, because the plan is to do it in eight months, 10 months. We are going to contribute the resources, it is a tripartite investment: the federal government, the state government, municipal governments.
“But the issue is not just the investment, but rather that we must finish this work in eight months, and we can achieve it if they are divided into 10 sections, 10 companies, which are in Nuevo León, serious, responsible,” he said.
In Nuevo León, the head of the Interior reiterated the President’s requests, accompanied by Agustín Radillo, Undersecretary of Defense, and the director of Conagua, Germán Martínez.
In turn, García specified that the investment includes the issuer to send treated water for agricultural use to Tamaulipas, which will allow compliance with the agreement to take advantage of “El Cuchillo”.
Martínez pointed out that the contributions will be 50 percent from the Federation, 30 percent from the state and 20 percent from the municipalities.
He indicated that the works will start with a contribution from Banobras for 3 thousand 581 million pesos, via a zero coupon credit scheme that the state had projected for the three new Metro lines, and financing for AyD for 1.5 billion.
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