In light of the insensitivity of the congressmen to award the resources to backup the restoration projects in 2010 for the Historical Downtown in Mexico City, the local government will launch the campaign named “I love the Historical Downtown”, which will rise 600 million pesos through several mechanisms to undertake the rehabilitation of this space considered World Heritage.
In a joint press conference, the authority of the Historic Downtown, Alejandra Moreno Toscano; the director of the Historical Downtown Trust, Inti Muñoz Santini and Tourism Minister Alejandro Rojas Díaz Durán, said that it will be early next month when the guidelines of this collect will be set, the collect will call Mexicans and Foreigners to make donations to benefit the rescue of the zone that has the greatest collection of historical monuments in America.
Muñoz Santini said that although the Historical Downtown in Mexico City is an area of great cultural value and home to more than 200 buildings of first order to safeguard the federal government, the government excluded from the 2010 expenditure budget, assigning zero resources to the project portfolio submitted to the Chamber.
For projects involving rehabilitation, rescue and maintenance of buildings of great historical value, and also the relocation of street vendors and street lightning, the City was denied 600 million pesos, an action contrary to the requirements of UNESCO to establish the need to provide adequate resources for the integral conservation and improvement of the area.
Therefore, “I love the Historical Downtown” will call upon the citizens and tourist who visit every day the City to contribute to the rescue of this space where the historical, artistic, cultural and social wealth is found.
Inti Muñoz stated that the Trust fund in place has the authority to implement other collection mechanisms, such as opening bank accounts to collect higher capitals.
He explained that the first months of 2010, the works will be concentrated on recovery projects with 200 million pesos that the federal government assigned in 2009, and delivered until late November.
“In the expense budget of the federation for 2009 there are 200 million pesos labeled for the Historical Downtown. The resources that the city should have gotten from January, February or March this year, only got to us in November”, he said.
Still, Alejandra Moreno Toscano stated that the Historical Downtown in Mexico City has never been abandoned by the Federal District Government, because using local resources, is continually working on the costly and complex management.
She stressed that one of the main projects to develop is the rescue of the Alameda, for which 100 million pesos are required, that allow to restore the walkways and trees and rehabilitate the fountains and eliminate vermin.
Alejandro Rojas Díaz Durán said that in light of its great value, the Historical Downtown must be helped in this national and international effort, “we appeal to the moral obligation of all Mexicans, and not only the inhabitants of this city, to save the Downtown”, he said and announced that for “I love the Historical Downtown” program there will be an event organized by the Ministry of Tourism on February 2010 “a date that will allow us to show our love and solidarity to this World Heritage Zone”.