The large-scale urbanization of the informal housing developments known as Villa 31 and 31 bis broke ground last July and is estimated to cost a whopping AR $6 billion is finally beginning to yield some results — for the first time since their founding the areas now have a sewage system and access to running (and drinkable) water.
The first four streets to have benefited from the urbanization project are those that divide blocks 104 and 12 of the settlement. They are located in the northern most section of the development, behind the police station. The four streets have been revamped and now boast the installation of rainwater and sewage systems, concrete sidewalks, and LED street lighting. The Government’s massive infrastructure development project is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
“It’s the first step towards integrating this neighborhood to the City. Infrastructure is of vital importance; even if it is the least visible part” said City of Buenos Aires Mayor, Horacio Rodriguez Larreta, when he inaugurated the works last year.
Part of the work that will take place this year includes the installation of 7200 meters of sewage and water drainage systems, and 38000 square meters of paved road and sidewalks – according to official figures – and is set to benefit the over 40,000 residents of Villa 31 and 31 Bis.
While the Government is presently in charge of all the services related to the development project, officials are hoping that private companies will take over once construction is completed. The construction of new housing is expected to be begin in three months on a piece of land recently bought from YPF. The project aims at relocating an estimated 1200 families, many of whom currently reside beneath the Illia highway.
The Ministry Of Education will also move to a site previously owned by YPF in the Villa. The neighborhood will also see the opening of new schools and a new health center, as well as the extension of existing service centers.