BENIDORM Town Hall entered the Tajo-Segura fray and will ask the central government not to reduce water transfers to southern Alicante.
The proposed reduction, which the local government described as “inopportune, arbitrary and lacking in justification” will be tabled at Benidorm council’s next plenary meeting.
Approval is assured as opposition to the Tajo-Segura cuts crosses all party lines. Ximo Puig (PSOE) who heads the regional government is currently fighting the proposed cuts proposed by the PSOE-Unidas Podemos coalition in Madrid and the trade unions have also weighed in, with support from UGT.
Ana Pellicer, Benidorm’s deputy mayor, recently attended an emergency meeting of the Provincial Water Commission, called by Carlos Mazon, the Diputacion president.
Mazon has urged the South-East region, Murcia and Andalucia to join forces and present a common front in opposing cuts to the essential water transfers to southern Alicante, Murcia and Almeria.
The central government wants to reduce the transfer that should leave the Entrepeñas and Buendia reservoirs in Guadalajara each month from 38 to 27 hectometre.
All opponents from all institutions and parties are agreed that no decision should be made until the Tajo Basin Water Plan has been completed, as this will give full details of reserves and the measures that should be taken.
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