Transform the reality of thousands of families living in areas of great social vulnerability. This has been the guiding principle for investments by the State Government, through the State Secretariat for Infrastructure and Public Works (SEIOP), in the urbanization of communities, including the paving of streets, installation of drainage networks, water distribution and waste collection. sewage, in addition to construction of sidewalks and curbs. There are more than R$1.8 billion invested in all regions of Rio de Janeiro.
These works, which are part of the 11th target of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), reinforce the State of Rio de Janeiro’s commitment to working to reduce inequalities in all cities. For the Secretary of Infrastructure and Public Works, Uruan Andrade, Governor Cláudio Castro’s determination is that the secretariats are always in tune with the municipalities to seek solutions to problems, which are often old.
“Our concern is to ensure that thousands of families living in vulnerable areas can leave their homes without stepping in the mud on rainy days; have drinking water in their homes; sewage collection network; streets that allow access for garbage collection vehicles, as well as ambulances and other services. And the partnership with the municipalities is important because they know where there is the greatest need, the most sensitive areas”, highlighted the secretary.
Even the largest cities in the state, such as São Gonçalo, Nova Iguaçu, Duque de Caxias and Campos dos Goytacazes, are part of the investment list. Works such as the urbanization of Bairro Bom Retiro, in São Gonçalo, with an investment of R$ 252.2 million, will serve more than 20 thousand people, while the works in Vista Alegre, with an investment of R$ 34.2 million, will benefit more than 38 thousand people. In Nova Iguaçu, the main municipality of Baixada Fluminense, more than R$53 million is spent on the urbanization of neighborhoods like Austin, with more than 100 thousand inhabitants.
Smaller cities, such as Valença, with 76 thousand residents, Mendes, with just over 18 thousand inhabitants and Comendador Levy Gasparian, with around 8 thousand residents, are also receiving works that will guarantee citizenship for thousands of families.
R$130 million in partnerships with municipalities
R$ 130 million are being invested in urbanization actions by the Somando Forças Program alone, in eight municipalities. In Rio Bonito, for example, there is R$26.1 million in drainage, paving and signage in several neighborhoods, while in Silva Jardim there is more than R$23 million in the urbanization of Bairro Varginha. In addition to these two municipalities, works are being carried out in Bom Jesus do Itabapoana, Petrópolis, Rio Claro, São Fidélis, São Pedro da Aldeia and Três Rios.
In the works of the Somando Forças Program, the state government invests up to 95% of the value of the work, while city halls complement the value, place the bid and monitor the development of the work. Transfers to cities are made according to accountability.