Mayan Train Development Advances Despite ChallengesBy Paloma Duran | Wed, 02/02/2022 - 14:30
President López Obrador said that although the costs of the Mayan Train increased from MX$140 billion (US$6.79 billion) to MX$200 billion (US$9.71 billion), the project continues its development as expected and will be inaugurated in December 2023. In addition, López Obrador emphasized that the government is addressing the main challenges of the project. For instance, to avoid problems with hoteliers, a bridge of more than 10 km will be built to cross the lagoon in the Cancun hotel zone, which will also facilitate vehicular traffic.
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In 2022, the National Tourism Fund (FONATUR) will pay the Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA) MX$1,560 million (US$75.9 million) for the development of projects in sections 5, 6 and 7 of the Mayan Train, which were not previously contemplated. The government explained that these projects were assigned to military engineers because compared to private companies they guaranteed better contracting conditions.
The federal government and the Territorial and Urban Development (SEDATU), have the intention to expropriate 198 private properties in the state of Quintana Roo for the construction of the Mayan Train, raising concerns among local authorities and the business community.
Mexico City´s government announced its annual infrastructure plan allocating MX$26.2 billion (US$1.25 billion) for the construction of 478 educational, health, public and mobility infrastructure projects, said Claudia Sheinbaum, Mexico City Mayor in a press conference.
Guanajuato continues to develop water projects to improve living conditions of its citizens. These projects include a wastewater treatment plant in Silao that will begin operations to provide water for the state, said Governor Diego Sinhue Rodríguez Vallejo.