The northwest of Guayaquil is the new area of territorial expansion, known as Mount Sinai or District 8, where the regime is developing a comprehensive intervention project, which seeks to achieve a proposed urban center, but its execution leaves many doubts.
The so called centrality plan intends to use a large physical space in Mount Sinai for the construction of a service center of public entities that will be helpful for people already established in the area of influence.
On May 2, 2012, Ecuador signed with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) loan for $ 75 million to promote the National Urban Development Program (PNDU), to be held within a period of five years, the total amount the country brings is $ 4 million.
This project plans to intervene in the 1300 acres that the sector of Mount Sinai contains, where the vast majority of its population lives in informal settlements. This involves a total of 16 000 households that are already in the process of regularization.
Mount Sinai has been a point of conflict between the central government and the municipality, which have accused each other of neglecting this vulnerable population. The first carried out evictions of new invaders and the second has opposed legalizing land, supposedly for legal problems.