The construction of the diversion dam of El Purgatorio It has been suspended for four years, with an advance of 21.30% and spending of 496 million 687 thousand 551 thousand pesos. This work was left in limbo with the current plan to build an aqueduct to connect the El Zapotillo dam with the El Salto-La Red-Calderón dam system.
In response to a request for information via transparency, the State Water Commission reported that since 2019 the project has not received resources from the federal government.
Expenses for the construction of the reservoir began in 2010 and were assigned to Constructora Presa El Purgatorio, a consortium made up of four companies. This contract was terminated early and the builders received a total of 368.5 million including a settlement.
The finalized contract included the elaboration of the executive project, the construction of the diversion dam, the Purgatorio-Arcediano pumping system with floodgates. Diversion works, intake works, curtain wall, sand trap and slope stability in the municipalities of Ixtlahuacán del Río and Zapotlanejo. On July 14, 2016, the agreement was terminated early.
In 2017, the Infraestructura San Miguel SA de CV consortium took over the project, and even before the work was completely stopped, it received payments of 128.1 million, including advance payments.
The State Water Commission maintains a contentious lawsuit before the Federal Court of Administrative Justice against the consortium that claims a settlement due to the lack of federal resources and the lack of authorization from the State Congress to transcend the state administration.
“The administrative act is currently being challenged in an administrative trial, so there have been no changes from 2018 to date,” says the Commission’s report. They detail that they also seek to repay outstanding balances in favor.
The main function of El Purgatorio was store the water from the Verde River, coming from the El Zapotillo dam, to pump it to the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area through the San Gaspar water treatment plant. At its inception, the cost of the work was calculated at six thousand 788 million pesos.
Conagua distances itself from El Purgatorio
Since the last administration, the federal government stopped making contributions for the construction of the El Purgatorio damwhich was part of the project to use water from the Verde River in the supply for the Metropolitan Area of Guadalajara.
The National Water Commission (Conagua) reported that contributed 108 million 730 thousand pesos for the work in the period from 2010 to 2018. He stated that the project It is the responsibility of the Government of Jalisco.
“For the execution of the El Purgatorio dam project, the National Water Commission supported the Government of the State of Jalisco with federal resources through federalized programs during the 2010-2018 period. However, the person responsible for contracting and executing the Purgatory Dam Project is the Government of the State of Jalisco through the State Water Commission,” the federal agency specified in response to a request for information.
The construction of the El Purgatorio dam ceased to appear on the platform for budget transparency in public works of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit. The only hydraulic project reported in Jalisco is the adaptation of the El Zapotillo dam and construction of the aqueduct: Zapotillo-El Salto and El Salto-La Red-Calderón; works for the integral supply of water to the Metropolitan Area of Guadalajara.
At the beginning of the current federal administration, El Purgatorio was included among the projects of the National Infrastructure Investment Agreement that would be promoted by the federal government and private initiative, to be developed until 2022, with an investment of nine thousand 75 million pesos. To date the project has not been reactivated.
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