With singing and dancing, chicharron and carne asada, on Saturday, January 12th the community of Chinampas celebrated the inauguration of a bridge that was three years in the making, according to Bonifacio Diaz, who lives in Chinampas and serves as syndic for the District of Samara.
About 150 people turned out for the celebration, including the mayor and council members of the Canton of Nicoya.
About 250 people live in Chinampas, which is located in the mountains in the district of Samara. The new bridge crosses Buena Vista river and connects Chinampas to Terciopelo. “This is an index of progress for the community,” Diaz explained. “Those who have cars or motorcycles that had to leave for work couldn’t in winter” when the river floods.
Building the bridge involved many delays and controversy. A legal denunciation was filed because of work that was paid for but never done, according to Diaz, and the money ran out, leaving the bridge unfinished.
Luis Acosta, president of the Samara Association of Development, confirmed that the first budget of 18 million colones ($36,000) wasn’t enough to finish the project, so an additional budget of 6 million colones ($12,000) was obtained. In addition, he said this budget doesn’t reflect the community labor and subsidy from the Ministry of Labor.
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