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Construction of Mayan Train’s Fifth Segment to Begin This Week

Thu, 03/04/2021 - 20:01

SEDENA will be in charge of the construction of the northern half of the Mayan Train’s fifth segment, reports El Economista. There will be no more tenders for private companies, President López Obrador has confirmed. This stretch will run 22km from the Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen. However, FONATUR insists that a “winning company” for the tender will be announced tomorrow. The possibility of a second train station opening in Cancun is being contemplated, although an announcement made months ago disproved this.   

Ready for more? Here’s the Week in Infrastructure!

Metrobús Stations to Open by End of March

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum announced that the expansions of Line 3, 4 and 5 of the Metrobús will be ready by the end of March or, at the latest, early April. Line 3 will have five new stations and will end in Pueblo Santa Cruz Atoyac, which will reduce travel time. The project will include stations with installed security systems, plus 24/7 video surveillance inside the vehicles and the removal of obsolete tracks. Line 4 will also bring similar benefits to its own 4km track, plus an additional express service between Pantitlan and Archivo General de la Nación. The biggest expansion is for Line 5, with 35 new stations, 85 new vehicles and an approximate demand of 135,000 daily users. New infrastructure will allow proper and safe transportation to 50 suburbs across the city. The total cost of this project is approximately US$169 million with an expected benefit for over 300,000 citizens. 

ASF Researcher Fired Over NAIM Controversy 

ASF has temporarily dismissed Agustín Caso, who was responsible for the report on the cost overrun of NAIM’s cancellation, which included “methodological errors.” According to ASF, it is not yet possible to determine the definitive cost of NAIM’s cancellation due to the complexity of the current situation. “The institute has a figure but we are going to review it with Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de México (GACM),” stated Gerardo Lozano Dubernard, the auditor in charge of correcting the errors presented a few days ago. The ASF Oversight Commission of the Chamber of Deputies has summoned Agustín Caso to explain the accusations made against him, both by members of MORENA and by President López Obrador. 

INFONAVIT Reduces Housing, Mortgage Debt for 1.7 Million Workers 

INFONAVIT Director Carlos Martínez explained that the institution has reduced the debt of more than 1.7 million workers since 2019 and that in 2021, the body expects to improve these figures. “Since December, we have registered an increase in construction and loan placements." Martínez emphasized that the INFONAVIT Law was made for the benefit of workers and that the government seeks to provide direct financing without intermediaries. The new law was approved in December 2020, giving INFONAVIT 120 days to establish the new regulations of the program. Workers will now have access to new types of financing. In addition, those citizens who are not currently on the list of active workers but have savings in their INFONAVIT account can use these to obtain credit.

SEDATU Delivers Briefing on Urban Development 

SEDATU leader Román Meyer announced that during President López Obrador’s government, 852 work projects have been carried out, which are part of urban improvement programs. These works have resulted in 300,000 jobs, 196,000 shared homes, 10,000 three-year regularizations and 5 million beneficiaries. Meyer explained that in 2020, SEDATU’s strategy changed and now its programs are focused on the central and southern areas of the country. “This year, the program seeks to improve the quality of life of the population in the most marginalized neighborhoods. It is our goal to provide them with facilities including parks, schools, fire stations and police stations,” Meyer said.

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
MBN, El Economista
Photo by:   FONATUR