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New Dominican Republic town rises from salt lake’s spreading waters

Jimaní, Dominican Republic.-  President Danilo Medina on Wednesday cut the ribbon for Boca de Cachón, Dominican Republic’s first-ever planned town, built to relocate 546 families uprooted by Lake Enriquillo’s rising salty waters.

The town was built at a cost of US$24.4 million by government agencies, which saved more than US$160 million when compare to a private sector proposal of US$188.0 million.

Medina handed out the first keys to families with relatives with disabilities, in addition to the churches, the school and government agencies relocated to the site.

In his keynote speech Presidency Administrative minister Jose Ramon Peralta said the town took just six months to build, which in his view shows that the government can work with transparency to manage taxpayers’ money.

He said the new town called Nueva Boda de Chacón went from a campaign promise to a reality and a model project. He said the lives of those 546 families changed for the better starting today.

Peralta also announced that within two weeks all of the families are will be moving into their homes of 72.24 square meters, 3-bedrooms, each with an area for vegetable gardening.

The project is located around 50 meters above the sea level to guarantee the protection against Enriquillo’s flooding.

Community leader Leonel Recio thanked Medina, and said 95% of the houses in the old town were made of wood.

Source: DT

Category: DR News |

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Last updated October 22, 2016 at 2:00 PM
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