The capital of Rio Grande do Norte state will host four group stage matches in the 2014 World Cup, one of them will be part of the first round of matches in Group A, the group Brazil will be in. Natal will also host the last match of Group’s D top seed. The announcement made by FIFA has had repercussion amongst local government authorities.
The head of Rio Grande do Norte executive branch Rosalba Ciarlini, pointed out that after the definition of dates and matches, opportunities to attract tourists will increase. “These are factors that offer us the possibility of working so as to attract as big a number of tourists as possible. We shall continue meeting our schedule, as well as publicising Natal as a host city. Natal will take part in the 2014 World Cup in great style.”
Natal’s Mayor Micarla de Sousa reminded us that the World Cup will leave a great legacy behind for the city and drew attention to the fact that FIFA itself recognises that the construction works of the Dunas Arena is not behind schedule. “The urban mobility works will change Natal’s urban structure with benefits guaranteed for the next 50 years.”
The schedule announced by FIFA defined that Natal will host the following matches:
Group A, Friday (13.06)
Group G, Monday (16.06)
Group C, Thursday (19.06)
Group D, Tuesday (24.06)
On the last 30th of September, Natal’s Town Hall signed a term for the delivery of the first batch of the urban mobility executive projects – a total of 11 projects related to the building of roadway corridors, overpasses, bus terminals, public pavement and public signs.
The Brazilian Federal Savings Bank shall conclude the analysis of the projects in the next few days. With the green light from the Ministry of Cities, the Town Hall will issue service order and will set up construction sites, as this first batch of building work has already been tendered. Over 500 million reais (approximately US$ 288 million) will be invested in urban infrastructure.
The National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) published last week the approval for the concession auction of the São Gonçalo do Amarante Airport in Rio Grande do Norte. This makes the result of the bidding process that took place on the 22nd of August official, with the Inframerica consortium winning the auction. The airport was auctioned for 170 million reais (approximately US$ 97.92 million) and will be built in three years. ANAC has estimated that the consortium will invest 650 million reais (approximately US$ 374.42 million) in the construction of the terminals and the airport’s operations. According to studies from the agency, the passenger traffic is expected to be of 3 million people in 2014, 4.7 million in 2020 and 7.9 million in 2030. The airport was the first in the country to be transferred to the private initiative.
The construction works that INFRAERO will conduct in São Gonçalo do Amarante include earthworks for the taxing runway and grounds, with channels for the drainage system and infrastructure for target lights of runways, with conclusion expected for November 2013.
The private initiative will be in charge of building the passenger terminal, roadway access system and complementary works. The total of 582.4 million reais (approximately US$ 335.48 million) will be invested, including the 408 million (approximately US$ 235 million) invested by the concession holders.
Gabriel Fialho – World Cup Portal