He president of the Cabildo of La Gomera and leader of the Gomera Socialist Group (ASG), Casimiro Curbelo, the search for an alternative to the port of Los Cristianos is urgent, once the rejection of the Fonsalía project has been ratified, in Guía de Isora, since there is no time for “theoretical discussions.”
In the last plenary session of Parliament of the Canary Islandsthe Minister of Public Works, Housing and Mobility, Pablo Rodríguezsaid that the Canary Islands executive does not count among its projects promoting the construction of the port of Fonsalía and that a solution will have to be found to the congestion in the port of Los Cristianos.
In an article, Casimiro Curbelo warns this Sunday that “We don’t have time to search. You have to find and do it now“, because the so-called ‘Green Islands’ “cannot and will not allow everything to remain the same for another quarter of a century, discussing on a theoretical level what alternatives can be proposed while our connectivity collapses.”
He emphasizes that “the alternative project was called Fonsalía”; a proposal “launched more than twenty-five years ago and on which there seemed to be a majority consensus” but that “after an inexplicable paralysis, like many of the great works in Canary Islandswas suddenly abandoned“.
“And what is proposed now, or so I have heard, is to look for another solution,” continues Curbelo, who warns that the ‘Green Islands’ “do not have more time. We cannot waste it in endless dialogues of the deaf and analysis commissions.” .
“In the ‘Green Islands’ We need an alternative to Los Cristianos and we need it with the utmost urgency. For almost a quarter of a century we were deceived with the proposal of a new port that was later abandoned. Let no one think that they are going to deceive us for another twenty-five years with fireworks,” he adds.
And he emphasizes: “We cannot allow it simply because we are risking the future of our people. Some should keep this in mind.”
The president of the Cabildo of La Gomera emphasizes that on the two capital islands “hundreds of millions are invested in new airport and port projects” because “they are aware of the importance of communications as an instrument at the service of economic growth, development and prosperity “.
“No one would allow port suffocation in any of the two large economies of the Canary Islands, but that is exactly what they are achieving with La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro,” he insists.
Casimiro Curbelo also analyzes that any proposal to create a new road access system to the port of Los Cristianos supposes “the practical paralysis” of the infrastructure or, at least, “a serious limitation of its already reduced operability” during the years that the operations last. works, so “the cure could be even worse than the disease.
And speaking of the port of Granadilla as a possible alternative destination would mean increasing navigation time between half an hour and forty minutes, with the consequent increase in times, fuel and costs for shipping companies, also mixing travelers and goods with the uses of an industrial port, which in the long term could be “a serious logistical error.”
Curbelo elaborates that the ‘Green Islands’ “continue to suffer from the extra costs of double insularity that not only punishes their populations but also makes it extremely difficult to establish any business.”
And he adds that “the fragility” of the economies of these three islands could suffer “a death blow” if the maritime communications system collapses.
“Put wrongly and quickly: if they cover the tube we will suffocate. Does anyone believe that we are going to accept it resignedly?” he asks.