Panama: Cinta Costera Construction Under Consultation

President Ricardo Martinelli has announced that he will submit the expansion of the Cinta Costera to a referendum.

Friday, July 1, 2011

The project, projected to cost $776 million, has been the subject of much debate and is viewed with apprehension by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

An article in reports: "The consultation is so that the voters of the districts of San Felipe, (neighboring) Santa Ana and the Chorrillo can have a say in what should be done in the work that is to be developed by the Brazilian construction company, Norberto Odebrecht.

Martinelli said the referendum will be by Electoral Tribunal within in the next 60 days and will cost $100 000.

On June 23 in Paris after a meeting at UNESCO, because of its distinction as ‘Heritage of Humanity’, which Casco Antiguo (‘the old town’) has had since 1997, the Government and United Nations agency will jointly evaluate and analyze technical, environmental, social and heritage reports existing on each of the three proposals for interconnection between the roads Balboa Avenida and Avenida de Los Poetas. "

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