| José López: "We are still at the starting point.
The president makes it clear that without rail there will be no ZAL" | Yesterday, the councilors of the MC Cartagena Municipal Group José López, María José Soler and Jesús Giménez held, at the headquarters of the Cartagena Port Authority, a working meeting with the president of said body, Yolanda Muñoz, and her general director, Fermín Rol. The meeting was conducted in a cordial tone, dealing with issues related to the 'Immediate Action Plan for Economic Recovery 2020-2022' of the Port of Cartagena, port logistics or cruise tourism, leaving both parties open to maintain new contacts on the evolution of these and other matters of interest. Both parties expressed their concern to consolidate freight traffic in the short term and, thus, work in the medium and long term in the obligatory expansion of this activity in new docks that allow the Port of Cartagena to grow as a regional reference. As for the ZAL, the priority of Los Camachos was also shared due to its intermodal possibilities, although its rail connection is necessary in order to become the logistics node that the Region needs.
Likewise, the president confirmed to MC that the Port will negotiate the acquisition of land with SEPES. In terms of tourism, the port agency reported on its work to convert the cruise terminal into a 'safe harbor'.
Likewise, the urban integration of the port, as well as other actions reflected in the Action Plan 2020-2022, were also evaluated and exchanged opinions. "We have the feeling, I think shared with the president, that everything has to start again in Cartagena" This morning, the Cartagena spokesman, José López, assessed the meeting held yesterday with the Cartagena Port Authority.
"We have the feeling, I think shared with the president, that everything has to start again in Cartagena." The mayor has continued indicating that "now we are talking about an Action Plan until 2022 that includes everything from dredging to urban integration of the port, all pending issues that reappear." "Something similar happens with the ZAL.
The president considers that the one in Los Camachos is more advanced than the one in Murcia, but the truth is that while she tells us this she makes it clear that without the railway there will be no ZAL", explained López , who has revealed that "we are in the starting box and they have not yet given us the die". The Cartagena councilor recalled that it is "a drag that we dragged because, in June 2018, the Plenary approved that the railway integration in Cartagena be produced by Los Camachos but PP, PSOE and C's preferred to disobey the mandate of Cartagena and conform with 500 meters of track to nowhere " As for the new docks, he reported that "we trust that we will soon have the solution because from MC we are clear that there must be one, always compensating the environment, but without giving up progress." In another order of things, he has advanced that "on other projects we are evaluating them and it is probable that we will allege to improve them, we hope that these proposals are accepted." José López concluded by noting that "after this meeting everything is expectations, that is why we will value all the issues and try to turn them into projected and executed realities to improve the future of Cartagena and the Region, and not to give partisan use to this body strategic".
Source: Grupo municipal MC Cartagena