THE PROPOSAL OF THE MORENA CANDIDATE FOR GUADALAJARA, CARLOS LOMELÍ, HAS NOT BEEN TO THE LIKING OF THE LAKE CHAPALA CANDIDATES OF THE DIFFERENT PARTIES
Candidates from Ribera de Chapala, from different political parties, demonstrated against the construction of a second aqueduct, proposed by the candidate of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) for the mayor of Guadalajara, Carlos Lomelí Bolaños.
The generalized crisis due to the lack of water, which affects the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area (ZMG), has been a necessity for its inhabitants, which the candidates have taken advantage of to include them in their campaign agenda to be favored with the citizen vote.
However, on the shore of the largest lake in Mexico, candidates for the different municipalities that make up Electoral District 17, as well as local and federal councils, have demonstrated in defense of the level of the lake – 5,122.90 million meters. cubic per year – indicated in the decree established by Enrique Peña Nieto, as President of the Republic, in 2014.
For Lomelí, the excessive growth of the urban area has caused a point at which the demand for water is already sufficient to maintain the needs, so the Morenista candidate considers that the 42 kilometers of an aqueduct built-in 1991 could collapse at any moment.
In Chapala, the candidates of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), for the different positions of popular representation -for the 17th district-, have demonstrated against this measure, as is the case of Alberto Alcántar Medeles, candidate for the municipality of the Chapala, who in a meeting expressed his defense of the current level of the lake.
The proposal was supported by the candidate for the local deputation for the riverside district, Alberto Arreola, who proposed to look for alternatives for the water supply that the ZMG needs, including resuming the construction of the El Zapotillo dam.
The candidate of the National Action Party (PAN) for Chapala, Alejadro Aguirre Curiel, said that -in case of reaching the presidency- he would not be a president in a way and will raise his voice in favor of the lake since due to the lack of water in the ZMG and several failed projects to supply the vital liquid, they will “put their eyes” on the largest lake in Mexico.
The candidate for the municipality of Chapala for the Hagamos party, Juan de Dios (Bebo) García Velasco, also spoke out in favor of the protection of Lake Chapala, through the representativeness of the region in the Council of Cuenca Lerma Chapala, to enforce the established level.
On May 20, the candidates of the Movimiento Ciudadano (MC) party did the same, through a press conference held on the Chapala boardwalk, where the candidate for the municipality, Alejandro Anaya Aguilar, ruled that they would not allow the extraction of not one more drop to the lake.
The proposal was also supported by the MC candidates for the Federal Council of District 17, Juan Martin Espinoza, who considered the proposal to build a second aqueduct illogical, while his counterpart from District 15, Paulo Hernández saw the solution of the water supply in the Río Verde.
For her part, the candidate for the MC local deputation, Lolis López, said that – aware of the need for the vital liquid – it can be through a different alternative to the second aqueduct.
Finally, the MC candidate for the municipality of Jocotepec, José Miguel Gómez López, described the proposal of the MORENA candidate for Guadalajara as “an asshole”, arguing that within his powers is not a project of that magnitude, but that it is the responsibility of the government. federal hand in hand with the state.
Despite the demonstrations to the contrary, the MORENA candidate for Guadalajara, Carlos Lomelí, estimates the construction of the second aqueduct with an investment of between 18 and 22 billion pesos.
However, even the candidate for the municipality of Chapala for the same MORENA party, Ely Gutiérrez said that she is prepared to protect the lake and the water that corresponds to the municipality.
To know: The presidential decree, issued on April 8, 2014, says in its sixth article that “ the maximum volume of water that can be extracted from the hydrological basins that make up the hydrological subregion called Lerma-Chapala to keep it in a sustainable condition, it is 5,122.90 million cubic meters per year, (includes evaporation) according to technical studies ”.