MINAS GERAIS AND ESPIRITO SANTO RECEIVE ABOUT R $ 830 MILLION FOR INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION, HEALTH, AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Approximately R$ 240 million was allocated to improve the infrastructure of schools in the municipalities affected by the Fundao dam collapse
An integrated action between the Renova Foundation, the governments of Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo, and the impacted municipalities represented by the Doce River Mayors Forum has allocated over R$ 828.5 million for investment in education, infrastructure, and health in the region impacted by the Fundao dam collapse in Mariana (MG). The funds are being used for: the creation of the Doce River Industrial District (MG), 153 km of road work, renovation of almost 900 schools, in addition to the completion of the Regional Hospital of Governador Valadares (MG).
Deposits started in August 2020, with the first installment in the order of R$ 455.7 million. In January 2021, another R$ 248.5 million was deposited. The third installment, in the order of R$ 124.3 million, was deposited in July 2021. According to the schedule of the court agreement approved by the 12th Federal Court in Belo Horizonte, all funds were transferred by the Renova Foundation to the judicial accounts of states and municipalities. This authority is also responsible for releasing the funds for the execution of the public works.
The actions foreseen are carried out by the corresponding public entities – state and municipal governments – with compensatory funds allocated to projects with a collectiveand long-term impact in the Doce River Basin, approved by the Interfederative Committee (CIF).
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In the public state schools, the funds can be used to carry out works such as expansions, renovations, and construction of multi-sports courts; updating computer rooms; purchase and refurbishing school furniture; purchase of vehicles; and renovation of professional education labs. Minas Gerais received R$ 44.3 million for investments of this total budget, while Espirito Santo has R$ 34.6 million available.
For municipal education networks, funds were distributed according to the population of each town. In this case, the amount can be invested in the construction and renovation of daycare centers, preschools, and elementary schools, in the refurbishment of school furniture and vehicles, and in consulting services for strategic management in education. R$ 137 million were allocated to municipalities in Minas Gerais and R$ 23 million to municipalities in Espirito Santo.
The funds allocated to education actions aim to improve the quality of life of the people affected by the Fundao dam collapse, especially children and young people, and contribute to a legacy of sustainable and inclusive development in the Doce River Basin.
The other projects that make up the Integrated Agenda in the states of Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo have the potential to diversify the local economy, attract investments, and generate jobs and income. They will also facilitate access to important tourist hubs, such as the coast of Espirito Santo and the Doce River State Park in Minas Gerais, and favor the displacement of people and the flow of local and regional production.
Funds are available for road work along 153 km of highways in Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo. R$ 140 million were transferred to the government of Minas Gerais of which R$ 12 million for the renovation of the MG-900 section to access the Doce River State Park (Bispo) and R$ 128 million for the renovation of the section from MG-760, between BR-262 and Sao Jose do Goiabal – Cava Grande, which connects the Doce River Valley to the Zona da Mata region in Minas Gerais.
In Espirito Santo, R$ 365 million was allocated to execute three road sections that give access to the Doce River mouth: ES-010, between Vila do Riacho and Regencia, ES-440 between BR-101 and Regencia, and ES-248, between ES-358 and Povoaçao.
To diversify the local economy on another front, R$ 12.2 million was allocated to Rio Doce’s municipality, in Minas Gerais, to implement the Doce River Industrial District, with an estimated area of 68 square meters and the potential to benefit at least 5 other surrounding municipalities.
The renovation of the Regional Hospital of Governador Valadaresis among other projects. The hospital is located in the Health Macro-Region of Eastern Minas Gerais, covering 86 municipalities and an estimated population of 1.5 million. The government of Minas Gerais received R$ 75.3 million to proceed with the second stage of the construction and acquisition of equipment for the hospital, which will have 265 beds of which 176 general hospital beds, 39 for ER, and 50 for IC, in addition to 9 for operating rooms.
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