The Lisbon Chamber expects to spend more than 34 million euros on structures and accesses for World Youth Days. According to a document that SIC had access to, in June last year, the municipality of Carlos Moedas expected to spend 3,250,000 euros on the altar and VIP area, 1,750,000 euros below the amount now awarded to the construction companies Mota-Engil and Olive trees.
And, despite the fact that the stage that will serve as an altar to Pope Francis, whose work will cost around 5 million euros, is in the center of attention, there is a list of expenses foreseen by the Chamber with other amounts that stand out.
For example, the municipality provides spending more than 9 million euros on multimedia towers, 7 million on the recovery of the Beirolas landfill, more than 5 million on bridges over the Trancão River, and 3 million euros on bathrooms and the sewage system. The lighting of the enclosure and the electrical network and the supply of potable water will also be above 2 million euros.
In an interview with SIC Notícias, this Wednesday, the coordinator of the World Youth Days (WYD) admitted that, initially, it was expected that the cost of the stage altar would be around 2 million euros below the value awarded by the Lisbon Chamber . José Sá Fernandes revealed that it was an option of the municipality to expand the roof of the structure.
In June, this was the budget estimated by the Câmara de Lisboa for the intervention in Parque Tejowhich will host the WYD in August.
- Recovery of the Beirolas landfill: 7,000,000 euros
- Monitoring of landfill settlements and LNEC support: 100.00 euros
- Bicycle path bridge over the Trancão river: 4,000,000 euros
- Altar Stage and VIP area: 3,250,000 euros
- Military bridge over Trancão River: 1,000,000 euros
- Multimedia towers: 9,000,000 euros
- Areas for sacristies, dressing rooms, and multimedia equipment: 100,000 euros
- TV chain stands: 200,000 euros
- Office for crisis control and operational management: 100,000 euros
- Area for medium trucks connecting to the enclosure: 100,000 euros
- Area for parking buses and organization cars: 200,000 euros
- Zone for VIP guests: 200,000 euros
- Space for VIPs and Bishops: 200,000
- Delimitation and access to the enclosure and other security structures: 200,000 euros
- Access and interior mobility for all stakeholders (Pope, pilgrims, etc.) including bridges over the Trancão River: 50,000 euros
- Delimitation of sectors within the enclosure: 50,000 euros
- Precinct lighting and electrical network: 1,500,000 euros
- Mobile phone charging stations: 300,000 euros
- Telecommunications network: 700,000 euros
- Supply and provision of drinking water: 1,000,000 euros
- Bathrooms and sewage system: 3,000,000 euros
- Support structures for waste collection: 300,000 euros
- Structures for communion (spread throughout the enclosure): 100,000 euros
- Structures for service areas and official stores: 300,000 euros
- Structures for field hospitals: 200,000 euros
- Helipad: 100,000 euros
- Logistics area adjacent to the venue: 50,000 euros
- Condition for use by disabled or less valid certificates: 50,000 euros
- Emergency corridors: 20,000 euros
- Fuels – replacements Materials + Services: 500,000 euros
- Medical, First Aid and Fire Teams: 300,000 euros
- Total: 34,670,000 euros
The World Youth Days will take place this year in Lisbon, in the Parque Tejo area, between the 1st and 6th of August. Lisbon found out in 2019 that it would host the event, but it only awarded the work on the stage altar between December 2022 and the beginning of January.
The Mayor of Lisbon admitted, on Tuesday, that the investment is large and that there is not much time left to materialize it. “We had to start the work quickly,” Carlos Moedas told journalists.