Transisthmic Corridor Attention Committee DesignatedBy Pedro Alcalá | Thu, 05/07/2020 - 17:07
Development on the Transisthmic Corridor is scheduled to continue despite COVID-19 shutdowns. Two weeks ago, it was reported that local communities in the state of Veracruz were reporting irregularities and abusive practices from individuals linked to the project. In an effort to respond to these practices, local, state and federal authorities met over the weekend to establish an attention committee to attend citizen’s concerns and complaints that could be related to the project.
La Jornada reported that several people attended the first meeting of the newly established “Tehuantepec Isthmus Interoceanic Corridor Regional Committee for Social Attention.” Among the attendees were Tehuantepec Isthmus Railroad (FIT) Director General José Sánchez Pérez, Salina Cruz API Director Roberto Mendoza Sánchez, Oaxaca State Governor Alejandro Murat Hinojosa, Tehuantepec Isthmus Interoceanic Corridor (CIIT) Director General Rafael Marín Mollinedo and mayors of all state municipalities impacted by the project, which include Matias Romero, Juchitan de Zaragoza, Salina Cruz, Ixtepec, El Espinal, Asuncion Ixtaltepec, Santa Maria Mixtequilla, Tehuantepec, San Blas Atempa, San Pedro Comitancillo and San Juan Guichicovi.
During the meeting it was reported that repair, rehabilitation and modification work on existing rail lines began on March 21. All mayors in attendance were asked to designate a representative to this committee so that all issues could be addressed quickly and agreements signed promptly, which will be logistically crucial due to the large economic ramifications of the project. Marín Mollinedo exhorted mayors to keep open channels of communication with their citizens regarding complaints about the project. “If people manifest their unconformity publicly, the project will not be finished. Full participation of all communities is important, so you need to be in touch with community leaders that can help you minimize complaints. Unfortunately, old political demands are coming back to light. Organizations will be taking advantage of this moment to get your attention, which is why we are asking for your support,” said Marín Mollinedo.
Governor Murat said the meeting set a historic precedent on the road to the economic reactivation and recovery that this project can represent for the region. The mayors said they had already been approached by citizens regarding specific problems connected to the project, but that at the same time they stood united in support of the project and of the federal government’s vision.