A regional committee of Chile's environmental evaluation service (SEA) has recommended approving the environmental impact declaration (DIA) of a US$476mn project to extend Line No. 2 of the Santiago Metro system to the San Bernardo district of the capital.
The SEA committee for the Metropolitana region stated that "the project meets the applicable environmental standards... [and] does not generate or show the effects, characteristics or circumstances that give rise to the need for assessment of an environmental impact study."
The project, first submitted to the SEA last December, entails adding an underground 5.1km stretch to Line No. 2, starting at the line's current southern terminal at La Cisterna station, in the district of the same name, and ending at the El Pino hospital in San Bernardo.
The extension of the line will have four stations and incorporate the El Bosque district into the metro system.
The SEA has set the final review of the DIA for August 20.