Third Mayan Train Winning Bids PublishedBy Pedro Alcalá | Fri, 05/15/2020 - 18:49
In a rare afternoon press conference, FONATUR has once again met its own deadlines and delivered a decision as scheduled on the third Mayan Train bidding round. Out of 16 competing companies and consortia, the winner was the consortium formed by Construcciones Urales, GAMI Ingeniería e Instalaciones and Azvi. This consortium also participated in the bidding rounds for the construction of the train’s first and second segment. In the bidding round for the train’s first segment, Construcciones Urales is listed as bidding on its own. This is because Construcciones Urales is listed as the main Mexico subsidiary of Grupo Azvi in that prominent Spanish infrastructure corporation’s website. The winning bid is approximately US$425.48 million. This is the first time that the winning bid is identical to the company’s original offer when the competing bids were announced. The third segment of the Mayan Train will run 172km from the town of Calkini in the state of Campeche to the city of Izamal in the state of Yucatan. According to FONATUR’s press release, just the construction of this segment is expected to generate 80,000 jobs in 2020 alone.
Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) has now come out against the Mayan Train and in favor of its temporary suspension to address COVID-19 contagions. According to a report released yesterday in La Jornada, CNDH has issued a request directed straight at FONATUR to urgently shut down all unnecessary operations connected to the Mayan Train project. CNDH’s main argument in favor of this position is that the project’s continuation violates the human rights of indigenous communities in the train’s path due to the way in which further progress in its construction could put them in contact with larger amounts of people and thus create new vectors of COVID-19 infections. FONATUR has yet to issue a response to this recommendation at the time of writing.