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The mayor of Quito will not get between Acciona and Odebrecht as the metro advances

The Mayor's office of Quito will not get between the Spanish companies Acciona and the Brazilian Odebrecht as long as the metro project advances correctly, as de facto is happening, said today to Efe Mayor Mauricio Rodas.

Quito, Nov 27 (EFE) .- The Mayor's Office of Quito will not enter between the Spanish companies Acciona and the Brazilian Odebrecht as long as the metro project advances correctly, as de facto is happening, Mayor Mauricio Rodas told Efe today.

In an interview about the flagship project of the Ecuadorian capital, which seeks to transform all aspects of mass mobility in the city in the next few years, Rodas stressed that the project continues despite the divergence between the two companies over which of the two has and de facto exercises the concession of the project.

"We have urged both members of the consortium to resolve the conflict so as not to jeopardize the basis of the project, our responsibility, and we will continue to demand it, is full compliance with the construction contract of the Quito metro, "he said.

And added that" so far there has been no failure to develop the contract ".

Rodas, that to see in the metro project one of the essential ways to reduce urban pollution, assured however that the municipality has" perfectly clear the panorama "and" the legal and contractual tools "at your disposal in case legal intervention is necessary, if" the slightest breach "occurs.

" But that has not yet happened and we hope it does not happen, so far the contract has been produced in depth and form, "he said.

In October 2016 both parties requested the municipality and the banks that finance the project that Acciona took control of the concession and assumed the execution of phase II of the Quito Metro, which had begun to build with the Brazilian Odebrecht.

However, the transfer process is now answered by the Brazilian firm, which claims that it was not completed and, therefore, remains in the project, This is despite the fact that in the official bodies of Ecuador, Acciona has registered as the sole owner of the consortium.

Rodas explained that what the Mayor's office did was to "express its authorization for the reconformation of the consortium in response to a request that had been raised by both members of the consortium in October last year. "

" We have done Exactly what the legal framework allows us to do, and not only the Ecuadorian legal framework, but also the rules of the international multilateral banks that are financing This project, "he argued.

And he said about the conflict between the two original members of the consortium which is a subject in which the municipality" can not act because it has no legal power to do it ".

" Because of the sensitivity of the project we have to act in an absolutely strict way according to what the law says (because) we are not the ones to settle a conflict between private, "he said.

The Quito metro, which will travel the city from north to south, should start operating in the second half of 2019, with a total of 15 stations, eight of which are already the civil work has been completed.

With a year and a half ahead of the delivery time of the work, three tunnel boring machines continue working simultaneously with seven kilometers of tunnel built and the trains already in production.

According to Rodas, the idea is that the Quito metro system, the first in the country and that has been "a real financial and technical challenge", continues to expand in the future because it is "a clean, non-polluting transport system".

It will become "the non-polluting backbone" of transport in the city, "which" complements a system of trolleybus with non-polluting catenary and a cable car as a means of mass public transport, "he said about the planned transformation of transport in the Ecuadorian capital.

municipality shuffles the extension of the cable car because it is "tremendously efficient to access the upper neighborhoods of the city" and "does not demand a large number of expropriations", as well as the expansion of bicycle lanes as a non-motorized transport system and pedestrian lanes.

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