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City of Playa del Carmen considering legal action against gas company for destroying streets

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Playa del Carmen city council are in the process of analyzing possible legal action against the gas company who destroyed city roads. A majority of the city’s central roadways and suburban highways have been affected.

The news of the possible legal action was made after a public transport Playa Express van became caught up in a water-filled ditch left over from the company after installing an in-ground gas line.

Most lanes running north to south along Playa del Carmen Boulevard were destroyed by the company after installing natural gas pipelines. Juan Novelo Zapata, Secretary General of the City Council, confirmed that the company, Grupo SIMSA, has failed to respond to his calls to repair the streets.

The slowness of the project combined with the destroyed streets was reason for the city to revoke permits granted to the company, which were approved during the last administration.

Part of the agreement with the natural gas company was to fully repave any opened streets. Although some areas were repaved, they were only done in the lane where the pipelines were installed and the work, not considered satisfactory by the city. However, most of the opened streets have only been closed with dirt.

For these reasons, the Ministry of Territorial Development is seeking legal guidance in possible actions against the company. “Although there is constant contact with the company, there is zero progress,” Zapata said.