The entry of the municipality of Soacha as a new partner is now official, along with Bogotá and Cundinamarca

The entry of the municipality of Soacha as a new partner is now official, along with Bogotá and Cundinamarca
The entry of the municipality of Soacha as a new partner is now official, along with Bogotá and Cundinamarca

Almost a month after the Council of Soacha voted for the link to the Metropolitan region, said decision was made. Starting this Tuesday, the neighboring municipality begins to formally integrate this figure of regional association.

(I suggest you read: Soacha joins the metropolitan region, what does the entry of the municipality imply?)

In other words, Soacha becomes the region’s third partner from now on. The first to join was the government of Cundinamarca, in May 2022, and in November of the same year Bogotá did the same.

In an event in the TransMilenio workshop patio of El Vinculo, in Soacha, attended by the mayor of Bogotá, Carlos Fernando Galán; the governor of Cundinamarca, Jorge Rey, and the mayor of Soacha, Julián Sánchez, the entry was formalized.

It is worth remembering that the new partner that the metropolitan region has is the eighth municipality with the largest population in the country – according to the mayor’s office it has 1.2 million inhabitants – and faces problems that it shares with Bogotá, such as the lack of connection roads, unemployment , insecurity, urban growth, among others.


The mayor of Soacha, Julián Sánchez, together with Governor Jorge Rey, Mayor Carlos Fernando Galán and Luis Lota, the director of the metropolitan region.

Photo:Soacha Mayor’s Office

Furthermore, like most towns in the Sabana and due to its proximity to the capital, Soacha is perhaps the municipality from which the greatest flow of population arrives towards Bogotá in the mornings, because they work in the city, and return in the mornings. afternoons and nights to spend the night. The mayor’s office has estimated that there are more than 250,000 trips every day.

With its connection to the region, this territorial entity hopes that, together with the other partners, these common problems with the capital city will begin to be resolved.

“I believe that the associative model of the metropolitan region is an opportunity for development and, of course, for solving the problems of our city and the problems of those people who do not care if they are from Bogotá, Cundinamarca or if they are of Soacha, but rather that they solve their problems,” Mayor Julián Sánchez told EL TIEMPO after the end of the extraordinary session of the regional council in which the neighboring municipality attended as a new member.

The mayor of Bogotá, the governor of Cundinamarca, the Ministry of the Environment or its delegate, the Colombian Chamber of Infrastructure and now the mayor of Soacha participate in this body.

I believe that the associative model of the metropolitan region is an opportunity for development and, of course, for solving the problems of our city and the problems of those people who do not care if they are from Bogotá, Cundinamarca or if they are from Soacha, but that they solve their problems

Sánchez also said that it is the citizens who need the possibility of resolving issues in mobility, security and food security, among others, which are common problems between Bogotá, Soacha and Cundinamarca.

“Today Soacha is transformed, starting today there is a before and after in this entire metropolitan region scheme, and, of course, in the development of the city,” said Sánquiez, who declared himself happy and full of hope.

And the local leader hopes that their connection will be the opportunity to “extract the problems of individuality”, to let them be seen as a unique solution of a territory, to put them in the regional framework.

“It means that several of us have the opportunity to give the same solution to the same problem that affects several territories at the same time,” said the municipal leader.

And he added: “If the solution is sought individually, it will never be possible to have that space that manages to materialize the solution of the communities. Today, working hand in hand, in key, we will have the opportunity to provide more effective solutions, more quick and, above all, true solutions”.

Mayor of Soacha, Julián Sanchez

Photo:Soacha Mayor’s Office

Luis Lota, executive director of the Bogotá Cundinamarca metropolitan region, agrees with this position, who had told this newspaper that “it is the opportunity to extract the problems of individuality, to stop seeing them as a unique solution for the territory and put them in the regional framework”.

It refers to issues of citizen security, mobility and public transportation and water guarantee, among others. “Organizing among neighbors will always be better so that we can have greater peace of mind in our space,” Lota told this newspaper.

In fact, it must be remembered that Lota has indicated that the entry of the first municipality into the region “is the materialization of a desire of more than 20 years”, during which the need for Bogotá and the neighboring municipalities to work together in the solution of common problems.

It is worth remembering that the president of Soacha has also specified that with the entry into the metropolitan region, territorial autonomy in land use or planning is not being granted and that neither the Council nor the mayor’s office lose autonomy.

He rejected the versions that the property tax will increase or that tolls will be created within that city.

Meeting of the metropolitan region in the El Vínculo workshop patio, in Soacha

Photo:Soacha Mayor’s Office

Sanchez stressed that the income will be more useful to the people who live in the border area of ​​Bogotá and Soacha and that they will be able to be the subject of joint investments that will benefit them and that they will have guarantees in terms of security, because the police would no longer have limitations. of borders to be able to act.

The connection of Soacha to the region, of course, opens the door for other municipalities to carry out similar processes in order to become the next partners.

In fact, Chía is expected to begin the same process in June and then Madrid will do so.

They have also shown interest in the metropolitan region, as stated by Lota, mayors and leaders of Mosquera, Funza, Facatativá and Zipaquirá.

The benefits of Soacha

According to the mayor of Soacha, these are the main benefits of the municipality’s entry into the metropolitan region:

1. They have a voice and vote in the Regional Council, where the sustainable development guidelines for the region are defined.

2. Ensures a percentage of investment from the metropolitan region for infrastructure and mobility projects.

3. Plans, programs and projects that arise in the metropolitan events already declared and in the new ones can be adopted.

4. You can articulate your government plans and goals with the technical impulse that the metropolitan region has.

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