After a video conference between the Central Government, the Junta and Mancomunidad, Madrid announced 50 million for the irrigation pipeline to the coast.
If you want to summarise the present situation of Rules Dam you can describe it as a plumbed-in bathroom with no taps, or if you prefer, and as somebody once said, It’s Europe’s biggest swimming pool.
The Central Government has put 50m euros on the table; it’s not enough but it’s a start. The biggest snag is that this money is earmarked within a budget that has yet to be approved.
The sad fact is that PP opposition party thinks that their task is to oppose everything the Government sets out to accomplish rather than keep an eye and what the Government is doing.
The damn was finally finished in 2003 after starting the construction on a fault line and then having to start from scratch. After 2003 they couldn’t fill it because nobody had thought to provide a contingency plan and then, just to make matters worse, the autovia bridge across the reservoir started to sink and the water level had to be dropped so that new support pillars could be made.
Then, finally it was finished and brimming at last… but there was no pipeline system to distribute the water. Money was promised but then the 2008 economic crisis hit and despite promises of funds, none were forthcoming. In 2009, despite there being no money, a project for the water distribution was drawn up, which cost over a million, but then nothing more was heard.
Now (a burst of fanfare trumpets off stage) the Central Government has said that they have set aside 50m euros from the 2020 budget; a budget that has not been approved yet in Parliament. If things actually go to plan now, work could commence in 2021.
So, what’s first? Before the summer is out the Environmental Impact declaration will be approved. Then they’ll draw up the Construction Project (which contains all the fine details etc.). After that, comes the opening up of the works contract to prospective construction companies through a bidding process.
The first phase comprises of two separate pipelines; one for drinking water and the other for crop irrigation. Of course, any physical work will be accompanied by commissions; one for overseeing the work and the other for overseeing its financing.
It should not be forgotten that the communal irrigation bodies have offered to part pay for the work.
Editorial comment: With the present opposition line up, getting a budget through would be tantamount to a 12-loaves-&-12-fish gig, unfortunately so if you are going to cross you fingers, you had better buy some superglue first.
(News: Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)