May 21, 2013
Solanas: De Vido ‘responsible’ for Once
Project South leader Fernando “Pino” Solanas accused Federal Planning Minister Julio De Vido of being responsible for the railway “failure” that Interior and Transport Minister Florencio Randazzo “recognizes,” referring to the latter’s statement, published yesterday, in which he affirmed that the railway service is currently “far from” what the “state should be offering.”
Solanas added that public transport is generally in a state of “emergency,” and claimed that “nothing has changed” since Randazzo took up the sector from De Vido, as no significant changes were made in the “top management” of the area’s organizations, such as the National Commission of Transport Regulation (CNRT.)
The deputy went on to denounce a “shameful business agreement” between “Kirchnerism” and the businessman Franco Macri, Buenos Aires City Mayor Mauricio Macri’s father, whom he referred to as the “promoter of all the purchases in China” made to renovate the railway and underground train services, specifically criticizing the lack of an “international call for tenders” “Let us not forget the Argentine expenditure in purchases from Portugal and Spain, on material that had 40 years of usage and arrived without spare parts,” Solanas affirmed, and added that the wrong types of carriages were purchased for the Subte’s Line A, and that the right ones would have avoided the necessity to close the line.
Randazzo also mentioned in his interview with Página/12 that the government is set to begin implementing a “system of strong state intervention” in the railway system, and claimed that “it is not impossible to think about (its) re-nationalization.” The minister also pointed to the service’s private administration in the 1990s as the main factor in its degradation and “depletion,” and called for current licensee firms Emepa and Metrovías to “improve their performance.”
Herald with Ambito.com, DyN