State of Mexico Has 214 Unconcluded Infrastructure Projects
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State of Mexico Has 214 Unconcluded Infrastructure Projects

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Fernando Mares By Fernando Mares | Journalist & Industry Analyst - Wed, 01/18/2023 - 15:25

The State of Mexico, the second largest contributor to Mexico’s GDP after Mexico City, has accumulated a slew of unconcluded infrastructure works, some inherited from past administrations. Key developments include the Mexico-Toluca Interurban Train, which started its construction in 2014.

According to the State of Mexico’s Institute of Information and Geographical, Statistics and Cadastral Research (IGECEM), unfinished projects range from the Interurban Train, which started development during Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration in 2014, to smaller projects like roads, sidewalks, hospitals and urban infrastructure. According to IGECEM’s consulted information from 2019 to 2022, the entity totals 214 unconcluded infrastructure projects.

According to IGECEM’s Finished and in Process Projects 2022 list, the local Ministry of Mobility has 13 projects in ongoing development, among them the construction of a boulevard at the Interurban Train’s Zinacantepec terminal and the Chalco-Santa Marta Trolleybus road. The local Ministry of Urban Development and Works (SEDUO) counted 60 unfinished projects. Thirty-eight of these are water projects, 19 for recreational spaces, two involve road paving as well as the delimitation of public spaces and one concerns the construction of a hospital in Coacalco. 

In 2021, the state had 82 unfinished projects. SEDUO oversaw 63 of these projects. The State of Mexico’s Ministry of Mobility reported 19 unconcluded projects. The state’s Ministry of Public Works and Communications reported 23 unconcluded projects in 2019, a figure that increased to 36 in 2020.

In November 2022, President López Obrador said that his administration will oversee the construction of eight hospitals in the State of Mexico, to be handed to the Mexican Institute of Social security (IMSS) as part of the federal program IMSS-Bienestar. The to-be-constructed hospitals are located in Acolman, Aculco, Chicoloapan, Zinacantepec, Tianguistenco, Ecatepec, Izcalli and Zumpango. The hospitals report construction progress between 30 and 60%. 

Some gender-focused projects like the Ciudad Mujer project also remain uncompleted. Ciudad Mujer aims to provide spaces to facilitate women’s empowerment and boost their incorporation into social, economic, cultural and working life.

The Interurban Train is the most important unfinished project because of its size and how it has been under development for almost a decade. In November 2022, López Obrador promised that the project would be finished by the end of 2023 to start the testing phase in 2024, as reported by MBN.

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