Wednesday, May 25

The Government of Almeida has not verified for two years if the companies of the M-30 comply with the contracts

The Madrid City Council has not carried out the biannual controls for the construction companies in charge of the maintenance of the M-30 for two years, despite the fact that the last inspection, in June 2019, detected safety problems in the tunnels due to the lack of conservation.

The M-30 consumes 75% of Madrid’s budget for maintenance of public roads due to its management model

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The semi-public company Madrid Calle 30, manager of the largest ring road in the capital and chaired by Rosalía Gonzalo, must carry out two audits a year on its condition according to the specifications for which it has received hundreds of millions of euros since its inauguration in 2007 under the mandate of Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón. However, the latest report on compliance with the contract, to which has had access, confirms on April 9, 2021 that the “last current audit” is from the first half of 2018.

Regarding that outdated control, the General Directorate of Planning and Mobility Infrastructures has quantified the amount for non-compliance to be deducted now from the final invoice that Madrid Calle 30 takes, 80% owned by the Madrid City Council and 20% by the company Emesa, to pay for the maintenance of the road. Emesa is the private partner company of the Consistory that is made up of the construction companies ACS and Ferrovial.

“The deductions applied are the result of the last audit in force, which currently corresponds to that of the first semester of 2018”, reflects the report of April 9, 2021. These amount to 1.3 million euros of the more than 57 received by the semi-public company. “Emesa’s high level of compliance is evident in all the chapters analyzed,” the document adds.

The Mobility and Environment area, which now manages this competition, assured a year and a half ago that the inspection for the second half of 2019 was not carried out “because the previous corporation [Ahora Madrid] It did not validate its tender through the Monitoring Commission, the control body of Calle 30. “Now, the municipal government alleges that the audits are delayed because the powers of the contract from Works to Mobility have been transferred.

The council led by Borja Carabante also confirms that a new contract has not been awarded for a third party to carry out the audits until November 2020: “with this contract, all pending audits since the last one approved in the second half of 2018 are being regularized. “. The deductions will also have to be adjusted later according to the result of each inspection.

The audit is done to detect the deficiencies of the road and, depending on the result, subtract the corresponding money from the invoice if the terms of the maintenance contract have been breached at any point. The controls are established by contract: section 3.2.7 of the Contract regarding the Comprehensive Management Services of the M-30, between the Madrid City Council and Madrid Calle 30, indicates that the inspection of the infrastructure will be carried out every six months through an external company and will be supervised by the Consistory.

Ignored audits

Another question is why the City Council considers the last available audit to be the one carried out in the first half of 2018 if there are at least two other more recent ones: the December 2018 inspection and the June 2019 inspection. , the corporation removed Emesa from the invoice 2.2 million euros compared to 1.3 in June 2018.

Carlos Sánchez Mato, president of Madrid Calle 30 until December 2017 when he was dismissed by Carmena as Councilor for the Economy and Finance, considers that the Almeida Government ignores the last two reports made, one at the end of 2018 and the other in mid-2019, because “Emesa doesn’t like them.” The leader of Izquierda Unida recalls that the last two audits that have been ignored by the local corporation were carried out without reaching an agreement with the company that conserves the tunnels. The contract establishes that there must be an agreement in hiring an external company, but if there is not, the City Council can carry out the inspection by its own means.

“When we arrived at the City Council we found that the previous governments of the PP notified Emesa of the days that the audit was going to be so that they could fix possible deficiencies. It is as if you passed the exam questions to a student by advance “, assures Sánchez Mato.

In the last inspection carried out in the first half of 2019 – under the mandate of Manuela Carmena – which the Almeida City Council now obviates, “security” problems were detected in the tunnels due to the lack of maintenance of the tunnels. The most striking thing about this audit, to which had access, was the absence of preventive maintenance in the tunnel structure. According to the conclusions of that report, “the neglect of the preservation of the tunnel sections” caused “a manifest deterioration from the structural point of view, resulting in situations that directly affect the safety of road users.”

For the exedil of Now Madrid, the lack of inspections by the Government of Almeida – since he arrived at the Mayor’s Office in mid-2019 – supposes “a abandonment of functions” and “a malpractice” that has two direct consequences: for a On the other hand, economic, since the money that Emesa receives for the maintenance of the tunnels is linked to a series of indicators that, if not inspected, cannot be determined, and on the other, safety. “Due to the lack of these audits, we do not have information on the real state of the infrastructure and this may pose a risk in the safety of the tunnels that in turn leads to a huge risk for the people of Madrid,” says Carlos Sánchez Mato. “We do not know the size of this risk because the audits are not being carried out,” he adds.

Although M-30 only represents 2% of the surface of the urban road in the capital, the Madrid City Council allocated 155 million euros to its maintenance in 2019, of the 215 million that the Consistory spent to fix the streets and driveways of the capital.