With infrastructure works ready and the completion of the first houses, the Bento Rodrigues resettlement already has the contours of the district that was designed together with the residents. Until the district is built and housing is completed, the provision of temporary housing to families who have this right is guaranteed.
Conceived collectively, with the active participation of 225 families at all stages, the implementation of the urban resettlement project is similar to the construction of a city, and the protagonism of the community makes the process unique in the world. The infrastructure of the new district is completed, considering roads, drainage, electricity, water and sewage networks of the streets. Health and Service Stations, Municipal School and Sewage Treatment Station are also ready. Hiring local labor creates conditions to boost the region’s economy. Currently, 2,240 people work in the Bento Rodrigues resettlement, and with the progress of the works, more job opportunities are generated for the population.
Located 24 kilometers from Mariana (MG), the community of Bento Rodrigues was the first to be affected by the Fundao dam collapse, on November 5th, 2015. Its settlement began with mining activities, in the early 18th century, and, until 2015, along with family and subsistence agriculture, carried out on the banks of its main river, the Gualaxo do Norte, mining was responsible for moving its economy.
The Bento Rodrigues resettlement is being built in a participatory manner, on the 398-hectare plot chosen by the community in May 2016. The area was urbanized and planned with two-way streets and sidewalks and with house lots measuring at least 250 square meters. In addition to building houses, the work involves the resumption of productive activities and the community’s access to infrastructure and collective goods. Follow the progress of the work in the new district below.
Follow here the progress of the works of the new districts of Bento Rodrigues, in Mariana (MG). The images are updated weekly and you can access the monthly history of the Virtual Tour.