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Chilean construction firm Gestión Vial has kicked off work on a drainage project in southern region XIV capital Valdivia, the regional public works ministry (MOP) said in a release.
MOP's waterworks division (DOH) is spending nearly 2bn pesos (US$4.2mn) on the Catrico collector, which is part of the master storm drain for the city's lower-laying districts. The collector will provide drainage over an area of 754,000m2.
MOP is also working with local water utility AguasDécima, regional development department Subdere and the housing ministry (Minvu) to expand the project to collect wastewater.
Gestión Vial will have 540 days to carry out work, which will be completed in five phases. The project is slated for completion by July 4, 2012.