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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

P50M underground canal 'can create more problems'

A P50-million underground canal that was supposed to be implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) along Colon St. has been temporarily stopped by the Cebu City Government.

Tinago Barangay Captain Joel Garganera, chairman of the Reduction of Danger Zones (REDZ) believes the project will only create more problems.

In an interview yesterday, Garganera explained that the drainage project will be constructed along Junquera Ext. and will be three meters wide and three meters deep.

Its lines will traverse through D. Jakosalem St. or Mabini St. then exit to the Estero-Parian creek.

“That (size) is too much. It’s like you are creating a pool there,” he said.

Ouflow

Garganera said the water that will pass through the project, once finished, will have no proper outflow, adding that the Estero-Parian Creek remains heavily silted.

At present, he said, the silt in the creek is at two meters.

“So ang flow sa water mo-stagnant na diha. Di man na ma-drain. You are just creating another problem. With the present siltation, shallow ang main creek. That is why I cannot recommend that project,” he said.

Widening, desiltation

If he has his way, Garganera said he would prefer that the Estero-Parian creek be widened and desilted first, all the way to its mouth near Pier 2.

The project, he said, was supposed to start two weeks ago.

It has also been given a favorable endorsement by the Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) board. Garganera, who is also a member of the board, was absent when it was tackled.

Garganera expressed his opposition to it when the board called another meeting the following week.

Just recently, Garganera said he was already informed by Colon Revitalization Project head lawyer Jerone Castillo that there are changes in the program of works and estimates for the project.

A meeting has been scheduled next week so they can discuss it with the hope that his concerns will be considered.
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