Mexico City, Oct 10 (EFE) .- The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, assured this Sunday that the problem of the El Zapotillo dam, in the western state of Jalisco, is being resolved, whose construction was stopped by the Supreme Court. Court of Mexico in 2015.
“We were in Temacapulín, Jalisco. Thanks to the kindness of the people, the problem of the El Zapotillo dam is being resolved,” said the president on his official Twitter account.
The dam is built on the Río Verde to bring water to 2.4 million people in the arid region of Los Altos and the metropolitan area of Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco, as well as León, capital of the central state of Guanajuato.
The controversial project has been funded for 12 years by the National Water Commission of the federal government, as well as the states of Jalisco and Guanajuato.
The study “Sustainable Jalisco Cuenca de Río Verde”, carried out by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and for which the Jalisco government paid about 90 million Mexican pesos (4.3 million dollars), foresees five possible dam construction scenarios.
In all of them “the inhabitants of Temacapulín would be facing an imminent risk of flooding” and for this reason the work faces social rejection by the inhabitants.
WILL NOT ALLOW FLOODING
Also this Sunday, authorities of the National Water Commission (Conagua) assured in a statement that the Mexican government will not allow the towns of Temacapulín, Acasico and Palmarejo to be flooded as a result of the probable operation of the El Zapotillo dam.
Germán Arturo Martínez Santoyo, director of the Conagua, specified that the authorities maintain “the premise of not flooding the villages, which will thus be able to have certainty about their safety, their heritage and their cultural and historical values,” he said.
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