Strategic new bridge linking Paraguay’s capital Asuncion with the western hinterland faces issues

Although Chaco’I and the Presidente Hayes department are only a few hundred meters from the city limits of Asuncion, it is sparsely populated and leads Paraguay in production of cattle, and is second in production of horses.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Controversy surrounds the project to build a new bridge connecting Paraguay’s capital, Asuncion, with its western hinterland Chaco'I in the 'Presidente Hayes Departement' and spanning the Paraguay River. A number of irregularities have surfaced with regard to the project.

Building the 449m Heroes del Chaco bridge was initially expected to cost around US$115 million. However, there are questions over both the design of the structure as well as the way it is gaining the necessary approvals. There are also concerns that the cost of the project could increase.

Much of the funding required . . .

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