Chile to invest in infrastructure in northern region

Jun 16, 2014 12:00 AM

Chile announced plans to invest 548 bn pesos (US$1 bn) to develop infrastructure in northern region Arica y Parinacota (XV).

Projects range from housing and public works to tourism and waterworks, the government said. In a public presentation, President Michelle Bachelet said the government plans to ease the housing shortage in the region by 60% and launch 20 water projects by 2018, including desalination and wastewater treatment plants.

"We're also earmarking funds to design a system to solve [the country's] current water sustainability problems," Bachelet said.

Bachelet did not disclose further details.

Arica y Parinacota was struck by a powerful earthquake in April, although most of the impact was felt in neighboring Tarapacá (I) region.

Plans are part of a larger US$3bn program to develop Chile's extreme northern and southern regions, including southern Aysén (XI) and Magallanes (XII), areas usually neglected by the government given their low population.

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