SAO PAULO, BRAZIL — A Brazilian judge has temporarily halted all construction work to renovate Brazil's largest airport in preparation for hosting the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. The country has been pursuing several major construction projects to renovate the infrastructures of its host cities.
Brazil is currently building several brand new stadiums and is also renovating existing stadiums to host the world’s largest futbol tournament in three years.
In addition to building new stadiums or renovating existing ones, Brazil has also been pursuing an aggressive overhaul of its mass transit systems, most notably its roads, trains and airports. The country has been especially focused on updating its airport infrastructure to prepare for an influx of tourists for both the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics.
President Rousseff said last month that airports are being expanded in six major cities that will be hosting the World Cup. Brazil has also entered into the bidding processes for the renovation of an additional five airports throughout the country.
However, earlier this week the federal judge issued an injunction to halt construction at the Sao Paulo international airport because the expansion project was initiated without a bidding process.
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Judge Louise Borer said in a statement Monday the government agency that oversees airport infrastructure illegally ordered the work to begin. It claimed it was an urgent project to avoid air travel chaos during the World Cup.
The judge called it a "made-up urgency," saying it was being used as an excuse to avoid the bidding process. She noted the need to avoid air transportation problems in Brazil is not recent.