LIMA – The government plans to spend nearly $39 million to construct sports facilities, community centers and bridges in Peru’s poorest areas, President Ollanta Humala said.
The president signed an infrastructure development package with a group of mayors and Housing Minister Rene Cornejo.
“We are going to provide support from the technical standpoint to get it done fast, this program is ambitious,” Humala said.
Phase one of the project calls for the construction of 100 sports complexes, 100 markets and eight bridges to benefit more than 80,000 people.
“This is a project that is focused on rural communities, urban-marginal ones that normally are found in pockets of poverty or extreme poverty,” the president said.
The program should be expanded in Peru “until it reaches all the districts of the country,” Humala said, adding that the budget would be increased in the second half of this year.
The mayors of Carabayllo, a district in Lima, Islay, which is in Arequipa, and Aguas Verdes, a district in Tumbes, were the first to sign the infrastructure development agreement. EFE