Last Tuesday large ditches were dug along the imaginary line that divides the northern border of Ecuador and Colombia, especially in the area Calle Larga, a place that belongs to the municipalities of Tulcan and Ipiales (Colombia).
The trenches are 3 meters wide and three meters deep, which were built by orders of the Government of Carchi. These excavations intended to stop the flow of smuggler vehicles, which according to police investigations, pass through the night.
The governor of Carchi, Laura Mafla, said the “informal intervention paths on the northern border is one of the bilateral agreements that were reached between the governments of Ecuador and Colombia in December 2012.”
Mafla explained that some illegal paths will be destroyed, and in cases like Tufino, will be legalized with the presence of all the control and safety rules of Ecuador and Colombia.
The paths that would be intervened are La Pintada, Calle Larga, Angasmayo and Cerro Troya. In those places there is already machinery doing work with the Ministry of Transport and Public Works (MTOP) belonging to Chimborazo.