The company that destroys the Rosario Islands

Aerial image of the Rosario Islands, located in Colombia. Photo: El Universal COLPRESS

The issue of exploitation Rosary Islands is not new, many years ago there were complaints about the low amounts charged for renting the land, which it is presumed was the The National Land Agency would hand over the baton without requiring the respective environmental requirements.

In addition, the land has had questionable tenants, for example, Alain Suazadubbed the “king” of smuggling, was captured on his way to Majayura Estate, Islas del Rosario, land approved by the National Land Agency for rental, benefit granted by the management of the entity, which is under the direction of Campo Elías Vega, brother of National Registrar Alexander Vega.

SEE ALSO: They point the finger at the National Registrar’s brother for handing over property in Islas del Rosario to the so-called smuggling czar Alaín Suaza

In fact, a few weeks ago, the Comptroller General of the Republic recalled that, of the 128 lease contracts relating to vacant land in the Islas del Rosario, 68 are in arrears, 31 are in arrears with collection of arrears for exceeding deadlines of more than 90 days and 9 have not paid a single peso for more than 5 years.

What is curious in these affairs is that the debts amount to more than 9 billion pesos, but, denounced the Controllerwhat has people don’t charge youBesides, tenants who appear in contracts or people who use part of the land, are recorded as deceased.

Caracol Radio pointed out that 10 years ago it denounced that at that time 70% of the tenants on the islands did not respect the payment of the lease, even that the tenants took advantage of the properties and did not make the payments of them. respective taxes for resource exploitation.

How much does it cost to rent land in the Rosary Islands?

According to Law 820 of 2003, the rental cannon cannot be worth more than one percent of the value of the property, so the rental of the house depends on the total price of the property. The figures may vary depending on the total area of ​​the land, the services that the properties have, the number of bedrooms, the parking lots, the sector, among other factors.

From these data, experts calculate that the average the rental value, per square meter, in Bogotá, for example, is 21,300 pesos, in Medellín 20,200, in Cartagena 19,900.

If we put these figures in a “more real” context, a 50 square meter apartment in Bogotá, whatever the stratum, location, services and others, it can cost 1 million 65,000 pesos per month; or, for example, in Cartagenaa nearby town Rosary Islandsbesides being a symbol of tourism in Colombia; that same 50-meter apartment can cost around 1 million pesos.

According to a survey conducted by W Radio, Berta Fajardo Urreaformer director of the Botanical Garden of Bogota and one of the tenants, contracted the Isla María Galante, a land of one hectare, ten thousand square meters, for a monthly payment of 594 thousand pesos.

The list published by the media has 13 names of people who are or have belonged to the national government, work for the state or have a direct relationship with it. In addition, companies and enterprises whose the owners have the same conditions and even have a state contract.

In fact, the samoan island is for sale, a situation which attracts attention since these lands are reserved for the nation, but the said property, which is leased by the National Land Agency for 2 million pesos per month; It is announced for sale, for a value of 6 thousand 500 million pesos.

It should be noted that these properties are sublet, to provide accommodation and leisure services, for example, making the consultation on the internet, booking a day in a hotel in Rosary Islands, during Holy Week, you can find prices starting from 600,000 pesos, per night and/or per person. But, there are offers which, according to portals like Trip Advisor they can cost $5 million a night. Full house rentals are even offered at prices of up to 10 million pesos.

Screenshot, taken from the Airbnb portal.
Screenshot, taken from the Airbnb portal.

Yesterday, April 5, the National Land Agency issued a statement motivated by the scandal revealed by the various media and by the case of Isla Majayura,

“We allow ourselves to clarify to the general public that the information circulating in certain national media since last week, concerning the administrative and contractual management of the properties located in the archipelago of Nuestra Señora del Rosario does not correspond to reality”.

The scripture presents 11 points where they indicate:

1. That the administration has no contractual relationship with Alain Suaza.

2. The Isla Majayura property has all applicable legal requirements.

3. The first company that leased the land was the defunct INCODER, represented by Fanny Alexandra Ballesteros Peña. They ensure that the property was never delivered either in ownership or lease to Alain Suaza.

4. The current administration presented in December 2019 the regulations in force for the administration of the properties of the archipelago of Nuestra Señora del Rosario.

5. Rental contracts, directly, are issued to people who have had no previous occupation in the archipelago. This, in order to mitigate the environmental impacts on the area.

6. The current administration, in capital letters, has not made any offers for new tenants.

7. The ANT has 81 current contracts that it monitors, with “periodic visual checks”, to guarantee environmental and urban charges.

8. Being under the Warranties Act, they cannot pre-empt the execution of contracts for properties, but reviews of requirements are brought forward.

9. The TNA publishes all procurement processes on its official website, in accordance with the principles of transparency and publicity.

10. The publication of the list of tenants, assignments or sales is not authorized by the ANT, which could lead to the unilateral termination of the said contracts.

11. ANT is available to respond to media and general citizen inquiries via email

According to Julia Miranda, representative in the chamber of elected representatives of the New Liberalism party, in dialogue with the W pointed out that, the Colombian Institute for Rural Development, INCODERordered to recover the islands for the state, under the model of being adjudged vacant lands for the nation.

That INCODER is currently the National Land Agency, and this institution has always had the administration of the islands. At the time of the declaration, says Rep. Miranda, “owners” claimed to be the owners of these lands, which gave rise to complaints before the Board of statewho determined that said land “they had no owners and that these vacant lots were state property.”

These same “owners” accepted that lease contracts be concluded, and that the resources of these canons be perceived by National parks. The idea was that the proceeds would be distributed for the maintenance of the park adjacent to the Rosario Islands. But, that deal was broken, so all the money goes to the National Land Agencyand it is they themselves who must follow up on the contracts and distribute the money collected.


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