Questions Over Media Report Manipulation on Border Road With Nicaragua

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The Government cataloged as a campaign to discredit the complaints reported by the media in recent weeks. This gives for the lack of plans and environmental impact studies in the construction of the border road with Nicaragua.

Deputy Foreign Minister Carlos Roverssi said the information, reproduced by Costa Rica news outlets, is used as an advantage for our Nicaraguan neighbors to attack the country and report environmental damage that “does not exist.”

“In previous days they have campaigned against the border road, emphasizing that this was done without plans or environmental impact studies, which has been suggested that the whole work is an environmental disaster and that it is causing damage to the San Juan river. ”

“It is untrue that it is causing damage to the river San Juan.” said Roverssi.

But the Deputy Foreign Minister did not mention that between December 2010 and December 2011the machinery had advanced in forested areas, rivers and wetlands without assessing the impact on the environment and without making an inventory or appointing a protected forest environment.

Roverssi’s statements were given at a news conference organized by the Presidential Palace yesterday to “clarify” the situation of the project.

In the conference there were ministers of security, Mario Zamora, Communication, Francisco Chacon, Transport, Luis Llach, and Environment, René Castro.

Luis Llach, for example, criticized some media that divulged figures that do not meet the actual costs of the project.

He said yesterday of the ¢24.518 million spent to date, 57% (¢14.018 million) corresponded to the 154.6 miles of the road that goes from Los Chiles (Alajuela) to Costa Rica Delta, in the Caribbean.

The remaining 43% (¢10,500 million) was spent to rehabilitate 383 kilometers of side roads.

He said he is interested in meeting with representatives of the Association of Engineers and Architects (CFIA) and the spokesmen of the National Laboratory of Materials and Structural Models (LANAMME) to clarify the costs of border work.

René Castro recognized that any road project there is an impact on the environment and it is false that there is no mitigation plan. He said his agency has a program of reforestation and planting grass to prevent landslides on the slopes.

Hours later, in Congress, the Social Christian deputy Luis Fishman asked the Ministry of Finance to say, if the firms contracted to build the trail paid income tax according to income received.

Meanwhile his partner fraction, Walter Cespedes, filed a criminal complaint against the National Roads Authority, not to give him information on the border project.

Finally, the agency ACAN-EFE reported that in Nicaragua the government declared “yellow alert” (preventive) in the province and the San Juan basin of the river, because of “the destruction of the natural” allegedly caused by the construction of the trail.

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