The entrance to the sector known as Casas Viejas begins with a causeway of irregular terrain resulting from the passage of trucks and dump trucks by the industry settled there. A belt of farms crosses the road from kilometer 22 of the road to the coast towards the Chongón-Colonche mountain range.
In this sector, where the road to the new airport Daular, interned in the middle of the dry forest vegetation, there is evidence of irregular human settlements.
A few recently collapsed houses attest that they have tried to settle there, at least, four rustic homes. “They do it on private land,” says Arnoldo Alencastro, vice president of the Casas Viejas Association of Agricultural and Forestry Producers.
Alencastro is one of the twenty signatories who will deliver a letter to the Presidency of the Republic, the Ministry of the Interior and the Commanding General of Police, in which they show their concern about the invasions that take place in their lands.
In that commune, which was liquidated in 1980, the invasions take several years, so that even a warning sign about the illegality of selling or buying land from the Central Bank.
Precisely, the Association to which Alencastro belongs registers four foci of invasions: a belonging lot designated as Ab. Huacón, one of the central bank, another known as the Central Bank Dispensary and a fourth belonging to the Agriraca company; the latter where more invaders has been detected in recent months, stresses Alencastro, who believes that, if not act, the sector could begin to populate in a disorderly manner in an illegal manner in addition to harming their owners. Therefore they have proceeded to put the complaints to the City of Buenos Aires, he says.
The director of Justice and Surveillance of the Cabildo, Xavier Narváez, indicates that the Municipality acts by denouncing constructions without permits, but that they cannot evict anyone, since it is not their competence.
“When we received the complaint that there are buildings in a sector, we went, we requested the permits and if they do not have them we proceed with the demolition. If there are people inside, we cannot do it, “says Narváez.
The official notes that since last year they have executed these actions at least ten times.
For its part, the Technical Secretariat of Irregular Human Settlements ensures that it carries out control operations every week to prevent the invasion of the land and, according to its owner, Ricardo Nicolalde, this unit has already filed a complaint with the Prosecutor’s Office for alleged land trafficking, what is found in investigations.
So far this year, says Nicolalde, the Secretariat has carried out an eviction of some twenty homes that have been built on private land.
Missing drinking water networks
The Casas Viejas ex commune is divided into housing cooperatives where several families settle; Edi Gavilánez calculates about 60 in the Bajo Verde sector.
These people lack drinking water through home networks. There are houses where they have installed pipes to collect rainwater.
Jenny Villao, resident of the place for 31 years, says she buys tanker water every two days. On each occasion you must pay up to $ 5 to stock up on the liquid.
EXPRESO consulted the Potable Water Company for this situation, but until the closing of this edition there were no answers. (I)