Argentina's Neuquén provincial legislature has unanimously approved the expropriation of land for the construction of the Los Barreales aqueduct, the provincial government reported on its website.
The 200ha to be expropriated belong to eight landowners. They represent a 40km-long, 50m-wide corridor through which the aqueduct will eventually run.
The aqueduct, which is expected to cost 170mn pesos (US$55mn), will carry water from the Barreales lake to the city of Plaza Huincul. The contract to build the first section was awarded last year.
Provincial officials hope the aqueduct will spark economic development in the region by allowing the irrigation of potentially fertile land.