Palenque (Chiapas), Nov 26 (EFE) .- The Maya Train, one of the flagship works of the Government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has been delayed for at least five months due to the existing bureaucracy and geological faults, as revealed this Friday the general director of the National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (Fonatur), Rogelio Jiménez Pons.
“These procedures have complicated us five months of delays. The bureaucracy of Semarnat (Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources), Sedatu (Ministry of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development) and Conagua (National Water Commission) have delayed progress”, Jiménez Pons, one of the most trusted officials in the López Obrador administration, explained to Efe during a working visit to the Mayan Train works.
Another factor of delay occurred during the works in the subsoil, since several sections have had to be leveled between three and six meters, because as a result of climate change, irregularities in the land were detected.
“It is incredible to see that in geological ground faults there is a difference of up to six meters between the embankment and the old roads,” said Jiménez Pons.
In a clarifying note, Fonatur pointed out that the delays that Jiménez Pons referred to were “the bureaucratic inertias of previous administrations that left behind an ineffective and inefficient system” against which the current Government of Mexico has undertaken a transformation.
In addition, the agency recognized and celebrated “the cooperation of the different ministries and all federal agencies” in the realization of the Mayan Train to fulfill the commitment to finish its construction in 2023.
The Mayan Train, which should be ready by the end of 2023, is a López Obrador priority project with an investment of around 200,000 million pesos (about 9.3 billion dollars) to build about 1,554 kilometers in the five states of the southeast: Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatán and Quintana Roo.
At the end of October, Jiménez Pons informed the Senate that the cost of the work had grown by 60,000 million pesos (about 2,800 million dollars) to 200,000 million pesos (about 9,300 million dollars), due to the increase in sections of double track, its electrification and a greater number of stations.
In addition, this Monday, a controversial agreement appeared in the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF) “in relation to the projects and works of the Government of Mexico considered of public interest and national security, as well as priority and strategic for national development.”