The company that supplies electricity to the Cañada Real Galiana de Madrid, Naturgy, has agreed with the City Council of the capital to pay the fuel for the electric generators that the municipal government deploys in the area, where 800 families have been without power for more than three months, as reported by the company itself.
Nobody solves the blackout in the Cañada Real: “We go to sleep at eight because it’s cold”
The announcement comes after the snowfalls this week have finally made the City Council react, which since the supply was cut, evaded the issue by claiming that the problem is of a police nature due to excess consumption, unofficially attributed to large marijuana plantations. In this sense, Naturgy has distributed a graph with the monthly energy consumption of 2019 and 2020 with respect to the same months of 2018 that shows sudden increases of 30% since May of last year that reached 70% in September, when it occurred the cut.
The mayor of Rivas, Pedro del Cura (IU), said this afternoon on Twitter, in turn, that he had spoken by phone with the president of Naturgy, Francisco Reynés, to request that technical personnel disconnect the outlets that caused the cuts in the sector five (which borders Rivas to the east and Madrid to the west). “I inform you that the necessary support has already been requested from the Government Delegation so that said technical personnel, sent by Naturgy, can carry out their work with all the guarantees,” he later wrote by letter, also published on the social network.
The irregular situation of La Cañada, a cattle road of about 15 kilometers between Coslada and Getafe where it cannot be built legally but in which irregular homes have been built over the decades, some luxury, others mere shacks, it seemed be in the process of being solved in 2017, when a pact was signed between the competent administrations (Community of Madrid, government delegation and City Councils of Coslada, Madrid and Rivas-Vaciamadrid) that included a series of relocations and the reinforcement of the electrical infrastructure, never executed. Now, 1,800 minors living in the sectors called five and six (the first of which borders Madrid and Rivas and the second located entirely in the capital) are facing a weekend of snowfall and freezing temperatures.
The local government of José Luis Martínez-Almeida announced on Thursday a plan to temporarily house 600 people in a building in the area, an old furniture factory converted into a school run by Cáritas, plus another 100 in the Cerro Almodóvar sports center. But this alternative does not satisfy the neighbors, who simply want the electrical connection to be restored and also fear the risk of contagion by COVID-19. The second vice president of the Government, Pablo Iglesias, yesterday urged the Community of Madrid, for its part, to request the Military Emergency Unit the army to install generators to cover homes without electricity. The Community replied this Friday through the Minister of the Interior, Enrique López, who, in an intervention on Antena 3, crossed out Iglesias’ proposal of “irresponsible” and he insisted once again that the solution involves action “from a criminal point of view” against drug plantations.