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Chile's public works ministry (MOP) plans to carry out projects worth 448bn pesos (US$957mn) in northern region XV over the next seven years under its regional infrastructure and water resource management plan.
MOP presented the plan to the region's infrastructure and rural development committee on Monday (Sep 12). The ministry will provide some 95% of the resources, while 5% will come from regional development fund FNDR and other sources, according to a MOP release.
The plan will focus on three areas: transport connectivity, water resources, and coastlines and public infrastructure.
Projects include repositioning the Ruta 11 highway, to cost some 295bn pesos, paving the A-93 route, and improvement work on roads in the Azapa valley and the A-35 and A-3 roads, among others.
Another 113bn pesos will be used to improve the region's water resources. Projects involve the Livílcar and Chironta reservoirs, the Canal Azapa pipeline, improving the Lauca canal, repairing protection walls along the Azufre river and overhauling rural potable water systems in San Miguel, Las Maitas, Lluta and Sobraya.
Finally, MOP will allocate 40bn pesos for coastline and public infrastructure projects, which includes building protective barriers along the Corazones shoreline and construction of a new fishing terminal, among other initiatives.