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The Week in Infrastructure: Mayan Train Suspended

By Pedro Alcalá | Fri, 01/31/2020 - 11:08

Despite Campeche District Judge Grissell Rodríguez Febles’ rejection of a request to void the results of the controversial poll that reflected popular support and consent for the Mayan Train, she did order a temporary suspension of the project pending finalization of all legal controversies. Judge Rodriguez’s decision followed legal actions taken by the Calakmul and Xpujil indigenous communities led by their regional council representative Ernesto Martínez Jiménez.

During an interview with to El Universal, FONATUR Director General Rogelio Jiménez Pons admitted that he had heard of the suspension through third parties but was yet to be formally notified. 

Ready for more? Here’s the Week in Infrastructure!

INAI Orders SEDENA to Deliver Master Plan for Santa Lucía Airport

The National Institute for Transparency, Access to Information & Protection of Personal Data (INAI) has issued a formal order to SEDENA to release their master plan for the construction of the Santa Lucía Airport.

INAI President Commissioner Francisco Javier Acuña argued that this represents a matter of public interest due to the volume of funds, now ascending to over US$10 billion, being invested in the project.

Laredo Highway Issues Must Be Addressed: CONATRAM

National Confederation of Mexican Haulers (CONATRAM) Vice President Omar Ortiz Salinas has called for a solution to the “grave” problems caused by the Monterrey-Laredo highway traffic issues.

Ortiz suggested removing traffic lights and adding underpasses to alleviate the logistical bottleneck generated by traffic jams in what is one of the busiest passageways for imports and exports. 

US Unveils Infrastructure Plan

US House Democrats presented an infrastructure spending plan this week that contemplates an investment of US$760 billion in infrastructure upgrades all over the country over the next five years. 

One of the plan’s chief objectives is to combat climate change by providing the necessary means to reduce greenhouse emissions from the transportation sector, while also building the necessary facilities to boost resilience in the face of extreme climate events.

CMIC Pushing for Acceleration of Infrastructure Agreement

Mexican Construction Industry Chamber (CMIC) President Eduardo Ramírez Leal led a meeting in Monterrey with the new cabinet of ministers in charge of investment promotion and economic growth with the goal of accelerating the projects contemplated in the National Infrastructure Plan. 

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
El Universal, La Razón de México, ABC Noticias, Virginia Mercury, El Norte, La Jornada Maya
Pedro Alcalá Pedro Alcalá Senior Journalist & Industry Analyst