The regional governor of Apurímac, Baltazar Lantarón, assured that the construction of a departmental corridor to give free access to the transport of minerals from the Las Bambas company to the port of Marcona, in Ica, is already underway.
In dialogue with the Regional Communication Network (RCR) program, the head of GORE Apurímac reported that the value of this work is around S / 256 million, according to the first preliminary report.
“We have started this work since we took office in 2019, in dialogue with the representatives of Las Bambas, but they were confident that the Apurímac-Cusco-Arequipa corridor will always be free for transit (…) It is a trans-Andean economic corridor, which will facilitate economic activity in the southern part of the Apurímac region, since the AP-111 road that we have is going to be expanded ”, he sent.
In this sense, Lantarón Núñez said that the work could be ready in just six months. For this reason, he hopes to take the project over the course of the next week to the provincial mayors and 18 communities, while they finalize details of the technical file to request the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) the recategorization of the neighborhood road to the departmental road.
Las Bambas: new route to Ica
It should be noted that, currently, Las Bambas extracts the concentrate of its copper minerals through the Southern Mining Corridor to the port of Matarani, in Arequipa. With this new line, he would do it crossing Ayacucho, until he reached Ica.
“We will pass from Cotabambas, Antabamba and Aymaraes (at the provincial level). Six districts: Challhuahuacho, Haquira, Oropeza, Juan Espinoza Medrano, Carabamba and Cotarusi. It is 250.8 kilometers and we have 40% to reclassify it from a neighborhood road to a departmental one, “he specified in a report collected by the Energiminas portal.
Finally, he said that the technical commission is making a tour of the road before delivering the report of the approximate costs to know which sections to improve in order to give access and trafficability to all mining cargo.
“More than 40 days have been lost due to the stoppages, which have economically harmed the Apurimac region, in royalties and mining canon, as well as economically the activity that takes place in the city of Challhuahuacho, which is close to the mining deposit” , lament.
“To enable this route we must bring all our machinery from the seven provinces that GORE Apurímac has. The investment costs will be less than the losses, it is a commitment of the seven provincial mayors “, he remarked.
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