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The mayor of San Javier offers municipal financing to build the dams on the Cobatillas Rambla "due to the inaction of the Government of Spain" (17/09/2020)

The mayor of San Javier, José Miguel Luengo announced during his appearance today in the Special Commission of the Mar Menor, in the Regional Assembly of Murcia, the offer of up to 5 of the 12.5 million euros of the current remainder of the Treasury in the San Javier City Council, to build the containment dikes in Cobatillas Rambla that are contemplated in the Plan Vertido 0 al Mar Menor and that have not been executed for two years. At a press conference after his intervention in the Commission, the mayor of San Javier added that "although the dams have to be made by the State, which is the competent one, I do not want them to make economic excuses." Luengo explained that these dams would protect the towns of El Mirador, San Javier, Santiago de la Ribera and the Mar Menor from flooding.

"The Rambla de Cobatillas does not fit in the pipes that we make in San Javier," he said in relation to the damage caused by the virulence with which the waters fall in episodes of intense rains, which would be cushioned with the construction of the dams in the high areas. During his speech, in which he also answered questions from the deputies, the mayor of San Javier, José Miguel Luengo recalled that the State is competent to execute the demarcation of the promenade, a necessary step for the construction of the dikes.

He also criticized that the Government of Spain has not yet responded to the letter signed by the coastal mayors of the Mar Menor to create the figure of the High Commissioner to coordinate all the actions to be carried out as has been done previously with other catastrophes that have occurred in the country.

Luengo reviewed the infrastructures and improvements that the City Council of San Javier has carried out within its powers in the protection of the Mar Menor during his appearance at the Commission in which he also spoke of the recovery of the Ventorrillo blight. Luengo placed special emphasis on "the need to implement the Plan Vertido 0 al Mar Menor" and recalled that "the CHS has not carried out any action in the San Javier area to protect the Mar Menor and its neighbors." Luengo added that "every time the sky turns black in San Javier, the neighbors feel fear" and appealed to the "urgency of the necessary actions by the State."

Source: Ayuntamiento de San Javier

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