San Miguel Has Holes

Ángel Gastelum

Calle de Hidalgo

Calle de Insurgentes

Calle de Insurgentes

By Jesús Aguado

“The sidewalks in the historic center are a minefield; you have to watch your step in order to not end up stuck or injured in one of those holes,” a pedestrian told Atención.

The holes are a constant on the streets and sidewalks of San Miguel due to the lack of maintenance of the caps for underground cabling, sewage, and water meters. All these caps belong to two private companies (Megacable and Telephones of Mexico), plus two public entities (the local water system, SAPASMA, and the Federal Commission of Electricity).

Ángel Gastelum, director of Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Planning, commented that the local administration does not have the resources to solve this problem, especially since the issue involves two private and two public companies.

Gastelum remarked that since the beginning of this administration on October 10, he has noticed the lack of maintenance.

He issued invitations to the offices involved to hold a tour through the streets of the historic center and make an inventory of what needs to be repaired, but he had not received any answers by December—last year.  In the case of SAPASMA, Gastelum said he understood that he sent the document before the council changed.

“I hope that they cannot cause any accidents while they are in bad shape because I am sure that the inspection will not be held until January,” remarked Gastelum, referring to the holes. The Direction of Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Planning aims to get resources for improving the urban image of the historic center—the area appointed as a World Heritage area—as well as Atotonilco.


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