Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday said the city government is coming up with a memorandum of agreement with the owner of the property to ensure that the esplanade project,which the Department of Public Works and Highways is constructing near the government center, is kept free from informal settlers.
The DPWH-Bacolod District Engineering Office has started the construction a P40 million esplanade project in Bacolod City from the Lupit Bridge along the Circumferential Road up to the Bacolod City Government Center.
Leonardia said the esplanade project initiated by Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya is similar to the one in Iloilo City.
He said that during a meeting with Gina Piccio, she expressed concern that informal settlers might put up their structures and vendors might start doing business at the esplanade. So he assured her that the city will commit to enforce the “no squatting” policy in the area.
Leonardia said he also had initial talks with the representatives of Megaworld and they committed to also put up an esplanade across the BCGC.
He said the project will pass through the water park owned by the Gonzaga family.
But he believes that it will be most ideal to start the esplanade from the property of Megaworld (formerly BMMC) up to the BCGC and even beyond, he added.
Leonardia said the esplanade will be at least three meters in width. He has suggested theinstallatiomof music and lighting facilities in the area.
He has requested to make the esplanade an extension of the BCGC that people visit to relax. If the esplanade is connected to the BCGC the people will have a wider area to roam around, he said.
Leonardia said the esplanade will be in the easement of the riverbank so, technically, it is not a private property. But they had to consult the donor of the property of the BCGC to avoid any disagreement.
They plan to put up a fence around the esplanade to control the crowd, he added.*CGS
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