CARACAS, Tuesday August 29, 2006 | Update
Metropolitan councilor for municipalities Chacao, Baruta
and El Hatillo Carlos Ciordia is certain that the coverage
of areas in Valle Arriba and Caracas Country Club golf courses
"is not appropriate for housing, as layout and planning do
not allow for it."
"There are regulations on layout and planning, that is, ordinances on coverage of areas that allow for development of certain estates in certain plots of land. The Metropolitan Mayoralty cannot act just like that," he told news TV channel Globovisión.
As stated in the Official Gazette, Caracas Metropolitan District, last Thursday, August 24th, compulsory purchase of the lands located in central Miranda state and the Capital District was resolved.
Ciordia thinks that the move is "electoral demagogy." The official explained that specific steps must be followed for the purposes of taking the property. "In accordance with the law, owners should appoint an assessor and they set the estate value."
"Failure to reach an agreement by the parties concerned should result in a trial for expropriation, where the property value is to be set."
02:57 PM. HEAVY RAINS. Venezuelan Executive Vice-President Elias Jaua reported that the government is designing plans to support farmers, cattlemen and peasants of the state of Mérida who have been hit by heavy rains that have caused crop losses.