Government Seeks Efficient, Safe, Inclusive MobilityBy Emilio Aristegui | Mon, 10/04/2021 - 11:54
The federal government will continue to focus on President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s most symbolic infrastructure projects. As the government continues to invest on roads to municipal capitals in Oaxaca, the Mexico-Toluca train, the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, the Mayan Train and the Felipe Angels International Airport (AIFA).
Minister of Communications and Transportation (SCT), Jorge Arganis Díaz-Leal, stated the importance of connecting Mexico through well-developed roads via a press release: “They force us to work tirelessly to achieve a more efficient, safe and inclusive mobility, with respect for nature and that results in the well-being of the population,” said Arganis through a video call on the XXIII National Meeting of Land Roads, held in Oaxaca by the Mexican Association of Land Roads Engineering (AMIVTAC).
Arganis highlighted SCT has worked non-stop for 130 years to connect the country by developing an adequate infrastructure for the transport of people and merchandises. However, he insisted that “currently, our country requires progress in new projects and mobility systems, which allow us to be in better conditions to face the new times.” Arganis also mentioned the importance of engineers in Mexico to transform public life in the country.
Deputy Minister of Infrastructure, Jorge Nuño Lara, stressed that an investment of MX$8.6 billion (US$420 million) is planned for the Conservation and Maintenance Program, plus MX$7.2 billion (US$352 million) for conservation projects made by public-private associations (APP) in 2022. Since 2018, the government has taken measures of administrative and regulatory optimization to modernize the public investment planning model for the country to reach its economic potential, he added.
SCT’s General Director of Highways, Francisco Raul Chavoya Cardenas, indicated the main goals for the recent infrastructure investments, which include “the construction of 209 access roads to municipal capitals in the state of Oaxaca, with an investment of more than MX$12.748 billion (US$643 million) in more than 3,000 kilometers in the current administration, which allows addressing the lack of communication and development routes in marginalized areas.”