By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Monday, March 6th, Rio's Public Ministry revealed it is opening an investigation into the exorbitant use of state funds to maintain the Metro Line 4's Gávea construction project, which has been inactive for almost a year.

The revelation comes on the heels of local news reports alleging that, to date, the project's maintenance and upkeep has cost the state R$34 million, a figure that continues to grow daily.

Based on the state's contract with concessionaire Rio Barra SA, approximately R$29 million so far . . .

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