Oviedo (EFE).- The Minister of Rural Affairs and Territorial Cohesion, Alejandro Calvo, assured this Tuesday that the Asturian Government learned on January 24 from the press that the trains commissioned at the end of 2020 for the metric gauge network They had design and safety problems to go through the tunnels, and they did not receive concrete explanations until last week.
In the monitoring commissions of the investments planned for the Cercanías de Asturias, “no notable incident” had been transferred, said the counselor, who has recognized that the regional government feels “deceived and defrauded” and that it is going to demand dismissals ” at the appropriate hierarchical level” when direct responsibility for this situation has been determined.
Calvo has responded today, during the celebration of the first plenary session of the current period of sessions of the General Meeting of the Principality, to several questions from the Forum, PP and Podemos about the errors in the purchase contract for the new trains for the metric gauge network , an issue on which the regional president, Adrián Barbón, will also be questioned tomorrow.
For the head of Territorial Cohesion, the community must be compensated for this situation, it is necessary to gain credibility, greatly diminished by this “mess”, an exhaustive monitoring mechanism of the plan must be put in place, avoiding short dribbling and looking in the long term so that the Cercanías have a future after decades of abandonment.
The Principality “demands” explanations from the Ministry
“It is not our turn to give explanations, but to demand them,” Calvo stated after recalling that the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda is going to transfer a proposal to review the contract with new delivery deadlines.
In his opinion, the Asturian Government, coordinated with that of Cantabria, has been demanding in all this matter and this has been seen in the institutional declaration approved last week in which non-compliance and delays in railway matters are described as unaffordable and calls for rigorous investment planning, he recalled.
Calvo asks for the support of the opposition
Calvo has also called on the rest of the parliamentary groups to support this declaration so that it has the greatest possible political support, regardless of the debate that this issue provokes to try to weaken the government.
“The level of hardness is unprecedented between two governments of the same sign. There has to be a satisfactory answer”, Calvo added, after assuring that the Executive puts the interests of Asturias ahead of any others.
Previously, the popular deputy Álvaro Queipo had assured that the document of demands of the Asturian Executive arrives five years late in a matter that “is possibly one of the biggest scandals of the legislature.”
The question is whether the Asturian government has been deceived by the central government or if both have deceived all Asturians, the PP parliament has pointed out, which has also criticized that they have tried to close the scandal with “two dismissals of media charges hair”.
The Forum spokesman, Adrián Pumares, has also been convinced that if there were no elections in May this institutional declaration would not have taken place and he has wondered how it is possible that in a contract of 270 million euros nobody would realize that the size was not adequate for the tunnels through which they have to pass.
From Podemos, Daniel Ripa has also wondered why an error that had already been known in 2021 and that could put European financing at risk was hidden until now, and has asked the Asturian Executive to specify who should resign. EFE