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Urban Development Plan and Tourism

Urban Development Plan and Tourism

The second half of the 20th century

El pantano del Chorro y su construcción 094There were two important happenings that caused the improvement of electricity power usage in Málaga between the 1950s and the 1960s. These are urban development and a boost in tourism. In a short period of time, farming land around Málaga City was transformed into buildings that needed electric power. Moreover, tourist boom on the Costa del Sol changed calm coastal villages into places with plenty of activities for tourists, big hotels and buildings that needed quite a lot of electric power. All of this provided the Hydroelectric Station with an extraordinary amount of work, which was successfully carried out. 

In 1965, negotiations between the electric power companies Andalucía, Sevillana de Electricidad, Auxina and Hidroelectric Power Company El Chorro of joining together started. This is when El Chorro Company was changed into Sevillana de Electricidad S.A.. Building of the precipice and the Hydroelectric Power Station El Chorro was, above all, important for the development of the village el Chorro and other surrounding villages.

Benjumea family built other facilities next to the hydroelectric dam, which were meant to modernize the area that had formerly lived on farming, shepherding, or depended on the railway at the end of the 20th century.

El Chorro

El Chorro (Álora, Málaga)Thanks to all the above mentioned facilities, which were successfully supplied thanks to the railway station in the village, El Chorro became a center of the area, and surrounding villages were aware of the improvement it brought to their daily lives, and how it provided them with basic services.