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The most useless works in Brazil have wasted millions and unsolved problems. Discover now!

14 May 2024 to 21: 00
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Brazil faces a series of paralyzed and poorly planned public works that consume millions from public coffers without offering benefits to the population

In Brazil, several public works have become symbols of wasted resources and mismanagement, leaving the population without the promised benefits. Grandiose projects, involving millions of reais, often remain unfinished or poorly planned, resulting in underutilized structures or completely abandoned. See below some of the most notable useless works from Brazil, highlighting how failures in the planning and execution of these initiatives have negatively impacted the population and public coffers.

Port of Luís Correia: A decades-long project without ships

The Port of Luís Correia, in Piauí, is an emblematic example of the population's waste of resources. Started 47 years ago, the project aimed to boost the local economy, but to date it has not received a single ship. Common estimated cost of more than 770 million reais, construction was stopped and resumed several times, facing problems of overpricing and lack of preliminary studies. 

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São Raimundo Nonato Airport: A white elephant in the middle of Piauí

Another example of work in Brazil is the São Raimundo Nonato Airport, also in Piauí. Built to attract tourists to the Serra da Capivara National Park, the airport was completed 11 years after construction began, consuming 22 million reais from the population

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With an annual maintenance cost of 1,8 million reais, the airport receives very few passengers. Despite the recent announcement of regular flights, low demand is not expected to be resolved quickly, as unique local attraction is the archaeological park, insufficient to justify the investment.

Cachoeirinha Cycle Path: poor planning and halted works

In Cachoeirinha, in Rio Grande do Sul, a bicycle path 4,5 km long It was announced in 2019 and is expected to be completed in four months. However, planning problems, such as trees and poles on the route, halted the work, which has already consumed 1,35 million reais and is 70% completed. The city council is considering abandoning the project and transforming the site into a concrete median to save on maintenance.

Photo: Diário Gaúcho

Minas Novas Bridge: an unfinished project for 19 years

The Minas Novas Bridge, in Minas Gerais, is another example of wasted public money. Built 19 years ago for 3 million reais, the bridge was never completed, as it has no headlands on either side. In 2021, the city hall announced the resumption of works, but so far only 40% of services were performed.

Photo: Senator Carlos Viana

Saquarema Canal: unfinished work and environmental problems

The Saquarema Canal, in Rio de Janeiro, is crucial for the local ecosystem, but suffers from siltation. Since 2001, several works have been carried out, including the construction of a 150 meter long stone jetty, which cost 52 million reais and was never completed. In 2021, a new attempt to finalize the project was interrupted by the Federal Public Ministry due to the lack of updated technical studies.

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São José dos Campos cable-stayed bridge: an ineffective solution

The São José dos Campos Cable-stayed Bridge, in São Paulo, cost 61 million reais and should improve local traffic. However, studies indicate that the bridge will increase congestion and will not benefit the public. public transport. The Public Prosecutor's Office and the Public Defender's Office filed a lawsuit to demand improvements to traffic in the region.

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These examples show the urgent need to better planning and management of public resources in Brazil. Poorly designed and executed projects not only waste money, but also frustrate the population's expectations and harm the country's development.

To avoid further useless works, it is essential that governments and public managers prioritize transparency, adequate planning and rigorous supervision of all stages of projects.

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