SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Nov. 10 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The President of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, announced in a plenary session that the Governing Council on Thursday will discuss a draft decree to facilitate the reconstruction of the island of La Palma and that it is expected to be approved “as soon as possible “.
This has been advanced in response to a question from the spokesman for the Parliamentary Group of the Gomera Socialist Group (ASG), Casimiro Curbelo, about actions to recover the soil buried by lava and its future qualification as agricultural land or for other uses.
The president explained that this draft decree, of an urban nature, has contributions from the town councils, the Cabildo de La Palma and the commission of technical general secretaries, and is expected to be approved “as soon as possible” to give certainty for the next few years.
Ángel Víctor Torres also indicated that this draft decree will comply with the commitment to allow the roots of people who have lost their homes and also that the soil can be recovered for crops, as he affirmed that the Government of the Canary Islands “is not going to protect all the soil that has been buried by lava. “
Torres explained that, from a technical point of view, 95% of the buried land is rustic and 5% is urban or developable. Likewise, the agricultural area affected is around 300 hectares, the protected area, about 100 hectares, and about 2,000 different buildings have been affected by the eruption.
Therefore, he considered it necessary to plan according to the new reality that will definitely remain on the island once the eruption of the volcano ends.