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Almeida spends almost a million euros in planning deterrent car parks that he will not eventually build

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Almost a million euros to plan something that will not be done. This is what the Madrid City Council has spent for dissuasive car parks in the capital, which, according to Mayor José Luis Martínez Almeida, will not be finally built because “expectations have not been met”.

As stated in the Profile of the Contractor of the Madrid City Council and includes the Cadena Ser, up to 15 contracts have been tendered in projects and preliminary projects on the planning of works for these car parks. In some cases they exceed 150 thousand euros. In total, the planning has cost 957.85 thousand euros.

These are parkins such as Tres Olivos or Villaverde Bajo-Cruce. The total cost in ‘preliminary construction projects’ was 158 thousand and 65 thousand euros, respectively, in contracts formalized in July 2020 and December 2019. The same happens with other contracts such as the one associated with the Barajas parking lot, the Aravaca one or that of Valdebebas.

The City Council has assured the Ser that this planning was “essential” to undertake the plan and that they only account for 1% to 3 of the execution of the work.

So far, three of these car parks have been built: Fuente de la Mor, Pitis and Aviación Española, although only the first two are working.

Almeida acknowledged this Monday that “the forecasts made in the mobility studies were not being met” and that in certain places “inconveniences could be generated for the neighbors.

This article originally appeared on The HuffPost and has been updated.

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