The Regional Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development is opening the participation process from 29 August until 15 September for interested municipalities to apply for the Itínere Rural road improvement plan, which has a budget of 42.2 million euros and will benefit municipalities which will be prioritised for their high level of rurality and which have not been recipients of previous plans. This is yet another example of the Andalusian Government’s commitment to the need for rural roads to be in the best possible condition.
The Regional Minister of Agriculture, Carmen Crespo, has highlighted the fact that, once again, “the Regional Ministry is responsible for one hundred percent of the necessary work, from the drafting of the project, the awarding process, works management, health and safety coordination, as well as the total execution of the works contemplated in the project”. Crespo stressed that these plans represent an “important commitment to municipalism, with the Junta de Andalucía taking on the whole of the work”.
It is a competitive participation and a maximum of 125,000 euros per municipality and a minimum of 75,000 euros is established. The bases of the Plan specify that priority will be given to those with special geographical limitations, population density and other variables such as the percentage of agricultural, fishing or forestry population.
The Regional Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development has been working on rural roads in the Autonomous Community over the last three and a half years through different plans, such as Plan Repara II, Plan Restaura and Plan Itinere, all of which are 100% subsidised at no cost to the local councils.
The Itinere Plan has committed a budget of 130 million euros from the Rural Development Programme (PDR) to work on 491 roads in 362 Andalusian municipalities, which added to the Itinere Rural of 42.2 million euros, with which it is estimated to work on more than 350 roads in more than 350 municipalities, will mean a total amount of 172 million euros in more than 720 towns, which represents around 90 percent of the municipalities of Andalusia.
Councillor Carmen Crespo reminded that “before the end of the year, with the Itinere Plan, we will have a thousand kilometres of rural roads totally renovated in Andalusia, contributing to mobility, economic dynamisation and population fixation in the territory”.
In addition to these, the plans declared by emergency, as is the case of Repara y Restaura, amounting to 21 million euros and with actions on 128 roads in municipalities that suffered damage to their rural roads due to adverse weather conditions.
The councillor stressed that “these actions are being of great help to municipalities in which agricultural, livestock, fishing or forestry activity is of importance”, all of this, moreover, with the regional administration assuming an administrative burden coinciding much of the time with the period of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The direct actions initiated in 2020 on municipally-owned roads through the publication of the Itinere Plan by competitive tender have prioritised those roads in Andalusia with the highest traffic intensity. In order to facilitate the arrival of funds also to municipalities with a lower population census that were not beneficiaries, the Rural Itinere Plan has been designed.