The proposed highway, which would connect the north and south of the city on its western edge, would destroy parts of La Conejera Wetlands, a large sanctuary for native flora and fauna.
During a community meeting in the wetlands, Petro said, “While we are the administration in Bogota and we are in a democracy, we shall not allow this project.”
The mayor said he had an alternate proposal that would avoid the wetlands and include “a commuter train that would work with [Bogota’s proposed] metro.”
The mayor concluded that “The priority is education; creating awareness of these wetlands.”
The Bogota government has previously described the wetlands as “an environmental treasure.”