Through an extraordinary and remote meeting that lasted 38 minutes, the Land Affairs Committee (CAF) of the Legislative Chamber of the Federal District (CLDF) approved this Friday (17) PL 2260/21 proposed by the government of the Federal District, which provides for the privatization of the Plano Piloto Bus Station and the Galeria dos Estados. The text was approved by three parliamentarians from the base of governor Ibaneis Rocha (MDB) and was voted against by opposition district deputy Gabriel Magno (PT).
“I vote against because I do not agree with this sale, nor with the process of forwarding this project here,” said Magno during the session. At the beginning of the session, he questioned the fact that the meeting was held remotely without justification, since the CLDF resolution that provides for this type of meeting talks about impeding the presence of deputies due to Covid-19.
Gabriel Magno recalled that the DF government has already transferred R$30 million to a company to carry out works on the bus station, which were not carried out. “This thesis that the bus station problem is an unsolvable problem and therefore has to be privatized has already been heard in other areas and we have seen what a disaster it was. This was the same argument used to privatize CEB (Companhia Energética de Brasília). It was privatized and today the service has gotten worse and more expensive”, said Gabriel Magno.
“The whole world is going backwards in privatization and we are talking about the city center. The best urbanism experiences on the planet involve the democratization of the use and occupation of the city center”, argued Magno before the vote.
However, the report prepared by Eduardo Pedrosa (União) was in favor of the privatization and was supported by two other members of the commission: Hermeto (MDB) and Daniel Donizet (PL).
After approval, Gabriel Magno recalled that there was a lack of regulatory support for the session that approved the report for privatization at CAF and said that he would later be able to activate the “necessary instruments”. PL 2260 will still go through the Economy, Budget and Finance (CEOF) and Transport and Urban Mobility (CTMU) committees.
In a public hearing held at the CLDF, traders and civil society organizations have already expressed their opposition to the privatization of the Plano Piloto and Galeria dos Estados bus station. Despite being proposed in 2021, PL 2260 was stalled due to problems highlighted by the Federal District Court of Auditors. However, in July, Ibaneis Rocha’s project gained approval from the TCDF and began an accelerated processing process at the CLDF.
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Source: BdF Distrito Federal
Editing: Márcia Silva