Port unions and communities of Escuintla will act for new highway

Javier Reyes Navarrete, secretary of the Union of Organized Workers of EPQ, reported this Saturday, November 27, that legal actions are being analyzed on the contract approved by Congress on November 24.

“We are coordinating actions with the communities and from the beginning we disagreed in the public-private modality, because it affects the inhabitants of Escuintla,” said the representative, indicating that the five union organizations in the terminal oppose the transit toll.

He stated that they oppose the implementation of the charge to transit in that section, and acknowledged that it must be a journey in optimal conditions to expedite the movement of goods because the Quetzal Port Company (EPQ) is of utmost importance for foreign trade.

They ask for presidential veto

Reyes Navarrete remarked that next Monday they will hold meetings with the representatives of the communities of those municipalities to coordinate joint actions.

In the first instance, he said that they will ask President Alejandro Giammattei for the presidential veto, which according to him would be the soonest, as well as the legal evaluations that the organized neighbors are carrying out.

In any case, they would be adding to the actions that the communities have undertaken.

Also read: The amounts and sections covered by the new toll road in Escuintla

The union member recalled that heavy transport that will use the toll road will increase the logistics cost that will be transferred to the final consumer in goods and services.

He reiterated that in this project there was no consultation, and what had to have been done was for the State to assume responsibility for making the repairs to the highway, but the years passed, and the section was finished deteriorating.


Last Wednesday, November 24, Congressmen approved the contract for the rehabilitation, administration, and operation of the Escuintla-Puerto Quetzal highway with toll collection, for a 25-year concession to the Consorcio de Autopistas de Guatemala.

Directors of the aforementioned company have reported that the construction period would be 18 months and would have a projected investment of Q960 million.


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