The Chamber of Commerce García de Hevia demands that the municipality be included in the plans to open the border
The Chamber of Commerce García de Hevia demands that the municipality be included in the plans to open the border

The Chamber of Commerce García de Hevia demands that the municipality be included in the plans to open the border

Coal shipments transited the Union International Bridge prior to its 2015 closure

Why, when they talk about opening the border, don’t the authorities mention and include the municipality of García de Hevia? The question is addressed by the members of the trade association of the municipality of García de Hevia, in the north of the state of Táchira.

By Anggy Polanco / Correspondent La Patilla

Juan Medina, representative of the Merchants Association of García de Hevia, said that this area currently has the best conditions for the mobilization of goods, due to the fact that it is a strategic axis that communicates with the states of Zulia, Mérida and by route to the center of the country.

It is essential to highlight the fact that through the parish of Boca de Grita there is the fourth formal international bridge that unites Venezuela with Colombia, between Táchira and Norte de Santander, where before 2015 coal shipments transited and were exported through the ports of La Ceiba. and Maracaibo, which was the main source of employment in the jurisdiction.

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“There is no municipality that has a strategic location like García de Hevia: it has an active airport and an industrial area that is not yet in operation,” said Medina.

The union leader wondered why this city is in such a worrying state of abandonment, since, like the municipalities of Pedro María Ureña and Bolívar, it deserves to be involved in commercial projects and improvements in public services. García de Hevia and its two border parishes, Boca de Grita and José Antonio Páez, should not be excluded, like the rest of the northern municipalities.

For this reason, he suggested that an alternative route could be created through the La Fría Industrial Zone to Agua Clara, Colombia, which would give it a better position for the passage of goods, through which the distribution of cargo would connect more a lot. quickly in the center of the country.

“The invitation is for them to take us into account and include us, because we need to be part of Táchira’s development,” said the businessman from Táchira.

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He pointed out that the exclusion is towards the northern part of the region. That is why the representative of the traders’ association will meet with the chambers of commerce of Seboruco, La Grita, Coloncito, Ayacucho, among other municipalities, to raise the voice that these jurisdictions are included in the plans that are planned before the imminent resumption. of trade with Colombia.

The chronicler of the municipality of García de Hevia, Homero Parra, recalled that just in November, the municipality turns 50 years old, but for the 1980s and 1990s, the creation of a large pole of development was planned.

“Taking into account the operation of the Great Táchira Railway, they took the creation of the industrial zone and a highway, because we already had an international airport, suitable for the landing of cargo,” recalled Parra.

He indicated that the legislators of the time designed the creation of a road that was to be part of a great highway that would unite all the countries of Latin America, in the La China sector, which today is a popular route located next to the highway, and that it would serve as an accelerated route to reach Lake Maracaibo, but everything was left in the plans.

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“It was going to be a super highway, with a big international customs office, through which all the goods from Latin America would go,” he explained.

In the La Fría Industrial Zone project, even urbanizations like Río Grita were built to house all the workers.

“There has been a lot of propaganda that there will be a reopening of the industrial zone, but in practice we do not see that, it just remains in the projects,” he said.

It would be important for the municipality, because it has an airport, a highway and is the crossroads with the interior of the country, for these projects to be carried out and for a real opening of the border to take place, commented the chronicler García de Hevia.