States’ Infrastructure Delays DefinedBy Pedro Alcalá | Mon, 04/06/2020 - 17:32
President López Obrador’s extensive address to the nation on Sunday, April 5, has led state governments to define their plans regarding how this year’s infrastructure projects will be handled for the time being. According to a report from El Diario de Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas state authorities have decided to delay some key infrastructure projects being developed in that state’s municipalities. Tamaulipas Minister of Public Works Cecilia del Alto López said that although important milestones have been achieved for many of the state’s more important infrastructure projects, reductions of personnel taking place within construction companies will have to result in delays. This will apply in particular to the Reynosa Convention Center and to certain projects related to public security, among them ongoing renovations of prisons and detention centers.
Meanwhile, other states are trying to keep business going as smoothly as usual. For example, a report from AM De Querétaro indicates that Queretaro state authorities plan on continuing with the execution of 70 infrastructure projects representing over US$30 million in investment. Fernando González Salinas, head of Querétaro’s State Infrastructure Commission, released a statement in which he declared that all projects would continue, unless a suspension of all labor were to be forcefully mandated. He also noted that the state had sent reminders to all of its contractors that they were responsible for both complying with all sanitary regulations and also for delivering all projects on time. This included the stockpiling of cement, considering that cement industries had temporarily suspended production.
The projects that have been mostly discussed and given priority in their development are related to medical infrastructure. While some of those Queretaro projects are hospital renovations (according to a report from AM De Querétaro), another of the large Tamaulipas infrastructure projects listed in the previously cited El Diario de Ciudad Victoria piece as being delayed is the Matamoros hospital. A report from El Economista notes that eight states (Mexico City, Jalisco, State of Mexico, Michoacán, Oaxaca, Puebla, Quintana Roo and Veracruz) have medical infrastructure that provides coverage for medical services to less than 82.2 percent of its population, which is considered the national average.