New trash receptacles and lighting to be installed in Centro
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
More than 200 garbage cans placed on the streets of the historic center and the surrounding areas have disappeared through robbery and deterioration.
Although the city remains clean, tourism will keep increasing, said Édgar Bautista, head of the Urban Development Department, and for that reason more than 500 trash cans made of artisanal brass will be installed before the end of April. Lamps, benches and bollards will also be replaced.
In previous administrations, 250 green plastic trash cans were placed on the streets, and a company from Querétaro was in charge of the maintenance. However, due to the lack of interest of past local administrations, the cans never received such maintenance. For that reason, those that had not been stolen were removed because of their poor condition.
Currently, with a federal budget of one million pesos from the Secretariat of Human Development as well as from the National Fund for Culture and Arts, 500 trash cans were manufactured and will be placed in the World Heritage area as well as in the main accesses to the Centro Histórico, including plazas, gardens and parks.
“The trash cans will be replaced because the number of tourists in the city is increasing during the weekends, and though they are very respectful and do not throw their trash in the streets, the containers are needed,” said Bautista. Nowadays there are trash containers in many stores in Centro, but sometimes they are full and reflect badly on the city; for that reason, “we had to react in order to keep the city clean,” he added.
In order to avoid theft of these new cans, they will be soldered to poles affixed to the ground. The director said in addition that these changes are part of an integral project that will have a cost of 40 million pesos, and currently includes replacing street lamps and benches in plazas and gardens. The atriums of the churches will be brighter thanks to new ground illumination. Several works are being performed, although the financial resources will flow in little by little.
Poles erected as part of the Programa Escudo—a program aimed at safeguarding the borders of the state by installing surveillance cameras, will also provide better and faster responses to calls received at emergency numbers. Escudo will also reinforce the former municipal program of surveillance cameras—which were removed from the streets of the historic center because they contrasted with the urban image. Bautista said that the National Institute of Anthropology and History already has a new plan that must be authorized in the days to come. The poles will be smaller and will be placed on roofs of private and public buildings.
According to numbers of the DATATUR System, San Miguel de Allende in the eighth weekend of 2014 had a hotel occupancy of 39.75 percent and was ranked as one of the 10 most visited colonial cities and had more visitors than Oaxaca, Zacatecas and Taxco in Guerrero.