Lake Chapala: Ajijic citizens manage to stop the construction of cement crosswalks


In addition, there is the intention that the crossings are redesigned based on the proposals of the citizens

The works were stopped before the citizen complaints.

Armando Esquivel – The construction of pedestrian steps with concrete in Ajijic has been stopped after criticism by the society ajijiteca, who claimed the preservation of the image of the people, opposing the cement and demanding to keep the paving that for years has distinguished the location.

The works were suspended from June 19, when work began on the second crossing, on Ocampo and Juarez streets, where the extracted paving was placed back in place, despite the fact that at the intersection of Ocampo and Aquiles Serdán streets the works concluded, leaving the cement lines yellow.

At the beginning the decision to intervene 16 crosses was exposed, the price proposed for the intervention of these was 582 thousand 279 pesos, that is to say, each crossing would be destined for 36 thousand pesos.

In addition to the brake of the works, it is proposed that the City of Chapala perform a redesign of the crosses, after several people from civil society, who did not like the aesthetics of the work, met with Juan Ramón Flores Rojas, Ajijic delegate.

In the meeting held on June 19, the delegate was told about the damage caused to the image of the population, however, the works were justified with the indication that they are helpful for people with disabilities, the same speech that was used by Moisés Anaya Aguilar, president of Chapala.

In a video on social networks, the usefulness of crossings was mentioned for this population sector and the elderly; However, those present indicated that the works are useless if the pavement was not maintained and the sidewalks are not intervened.

The civilians emphasized that they did not seek to politicize the issue and that there was no personal interest other than to preserve the image of the population, in addition to the choice of dialogue as the means for the authorities to understand the importance of conserving the pavement and another type of material is used, such as flagstone.

At first, the decision to intervene 16 crosses was exposed, with a total cost of 36 thousand pesos; for the moment it is unknown if the number of intersections will remain the same, however, the citizens attending the meeting already discussed the possibility of contributing financially to the works, if necessary, provided that they are made with flagstone, as an alternative to the pavement.

The unhappy ajijitecos sent a petition request to Moisés Anaya, president of Chapala, Sergio Cuevas Elvira, Secretary General, the councilor of Ajijic, Cristina Gómez Padilla, the delegate Juan Ramón Flores and Brenda Villafaña Portugal, director of Citizen Participation.

In this document seven points were plated: the use of materials that do not affect the context of the population; the choice of heavy flagstone for the construction of the crosses; avoid the use of jal to pave and use black earth; the non-use of concrete; that the stones that are removed are stored and used for the patching of streets and, finally, the demolition of the intersection already intervened.

The document is signed in the name of “Citizens of Ajijic” with the legend “The cobblestones of our streets give us a sense of identity”.

Another issue addressed in the meeting was the requirement that a part of the resources of SIMAPA (Municipal Drinking Water and Sewerage System) Ajijic remain in the locality and be used for the maintenance of the cobblestones, as they consider that Ajijic gives a lot to Chapala, but Chapala returns very little to the population.

Now we just have to wait for the new proposal for pedestrian crossings prepared by the municipality of Chapala and examine if this is in accordance with what was requested by Ajijic’s citizenship.

Source: semanario laguna

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