PUBLIC WORKS – Spain squandered 80,000 million euros in works and infrastructures between 1995 and 2016. Público
These are works “that should not have been done” because they have not been used, such as state or regional-owned roads (including some radial motorways), airports, train stations, desalination plants or cultural centres.
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The State Central Administration and the autonomous communities in Spain have squandered no less than 80,000 million euros of public funds, between 1995 and 2016, on infrastructure, equipment and works that have been “unnecessary”, according to the Association of Geographers of Spain (AGE).
This has been brought to light in a study that will be published on the AGE website on the 15th, which has been carried out by the universities of Barcelona, Girona, Valencia, Cantabria, Complutense of Madrid, Tenerife, Seville, Málaga and Alicante, according to the national president of this organisation, Professor Jorge Olcina.
The president of AGE has indicated that these are works “that should not have been done” because they have not been used, such as state or regional-owned roads (including some radial motorways), airports, train stations, desalination plants or cultural centres, and that, in addition, they have experienced substantial extra costs.
The study, which has not included the endowments financed by the local councils due to the complexity to collect all the figures, reflects the huge amount of “mega projects” that have not served for the purpose intended. Olcina has also mentioned that, in the case of the Autonomous Community of Valencia, the initial plans for the Júcar-Vinalopó water transfer, which was later changed despite the investment made, and some of the desalination plants, have not been used.
Olcina has explained that this study has been carried out mainly by voluntary geographers from the aforementioned universities since it has lacked economic backing from the State and has been developed because these professionals saw “the need to do it, even if it was for free”. They have tried to offer society, from an academic point of view, data on the management of public administrations so that, later, citizens can make “their own decisions when voting”.
The experts have provided an advance on the figures of public money squandered over those two decades in Spain, during the public presentation of the manifesto: “In defence of the territory. Facing the new challenges of global change“, which is an addendum to the “Manifesto for a new territorial culture“, a document that dates from 2006 and that should serve as a guide for urban development in Spain.
In this update of the aforementioned strategic document about territorial processes, the AGE and the Association of Geographers ask public administrations to be more “cautious” when it comes to urban growth to, among other things, preserve the environmental and functional connectivity, and to adapt the geographical space to the effects of climate change.
“Our country cannot remain out of these new processes of territorial adaptation to global warming”, according to Olcina, who has warned that there is a certain “relaxation” among the administrations in complying with some of their obligations, for example, incorporating studies and cartographies in the evaluation processes of environmental and territorial sustainability.
In particular, geographers find that, when designing their land-use planning, the local councils only take into account the risk of flooding and not the possibility of landslides, seismic movements, droughts or storms in places along the coastline, despite the fact that there is enough cartographic material available for these type of situations.
Font: Público @publico_es
Data de publicació: 4 de juny 2018
Font de la imatge: EFE