The ejidatarios of the land through which the Mayan Train will pass ask that they be paid compensation.
One of the main infrastructure works of the Mexican government is the mayan train, which with 1,500 kilometers of railways, plans to go through the states of Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatan and Quintana Roo. But the ambitious infrastructure project could be severely affected.
The construction of section 7which goes from Bacalar to Escarcega, is now in the spotlight because it converges with the highway that goes from Escarcega to Chetumal, and that was built at the end of the 1960s despite the dissatisfaction of the ejidatarios.
Now, in that section that covers 287 kilometers between Quintana Roo and Campeche, the owners claim compensation for the effects on their land before the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT).
This morning, in his daily conference, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador made it clear that if an agreement is not reached with the peasants, the work will go through the right of way. That decision, however, would imply some changes to the layout.
“The train remains until Xpujil and there is no train from Xpujil to Chetumal, nothing more than it will be known who was responsible for stopping this workof course,” said the president.
Lopez Obrador explained that the section from Xpujil to Escarcega currently has a width of 40 meters, which will be occupied to accommodate the Mayan Train, with a single track, although he acknowledged that more land is needed.
The president has repeatedly said that the construction of the Mayan Train cannot be stopped, despite the fact that the work has been involved in legal challenges. However, this Monday he trusted that the work will be inaugurated at the end of next year.