IN March last year, the Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and Water, Josep Puxeu, stated that the sewage plant in Nerja was ‘a priority’ for the Ministry.
And in May this year, the Minister for the Environment, Rosa Aguilar, had announced that the project would be assigned in July, and during a visit to Malaga at the beginning of last month, still promised it would go ahead before August.
However, with a delay of four decades from when it was initially planned, there is still no sign of work going ahead. Despite this, the central government still claims it will be ready by 2015, and the mayor, Alberto Armijo, has been told that “there will possibly be news” in October.
A spokesman explained that the Ministry is “not sure” whether the project will be open to companies specialising in building sewage plants or whether it will be done by a public company. In any case, the project has a budget of €40.9m and will provide a service for 100,000 inhabitants, preventing that raw sewage be pumped into the sea, which would be a point in Nerja’s favour with regards to the tourism trade.