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Costa Maya Ejidos come to land sale agreement for Maya Train use

Costa Maya, Q.R. — Five groups of Ejidos in the south have come to a land sell agreement with the government. The land sold by the Quintana Roo Ejidos to the government will be used to construct the Maya Train.

The groups came to an agreement late last week in an assembly. Negations for sections 6 and 7 of the train were headed by the Secretaría del Bienestar, Ariadna Montiel.

The agreements were made nearly two weeks after President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said those sections would not be constructed if an agreement could not be reached, referring to the section between Chetumal, Quintana Roo and Xpujil, Campeche.

However, over the weekend, appraisals of the land were negotiated between the Secretaría del Bienestar and the National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (Fonatur) and agreements reached with five of the involved groups who agreed on prices per square meter.

The agreeing Ejidos included Palmar, Ramonal, Laguna Om, Sacxan and Sergio Butrón Casas, all of which, belong to the municipality of Othón P. Blanco. One group of Ejidos from the same municipality, Juan Sarabia, did not agree to the price of 140 peso per square meter offered. They instead wanted 250 peso per square meter. Fonatur has not reported on the current status of that Ejido land.

Land in the varying Ejido communities in the extreme south were paid out in prices ranging from 40 peso per square meter to 140 for the common use land.

On Tuesday, a group of Ejido members from Palmar, who made their agreement with the federal government the previous Friday, arrived outside the Fonatur office in Chetumal questioning the whereabouts of their payment.

Palmar Ejido spokeswoman, Lucía Lizárraga, said more than six million peso was expected for distribution between the Ejido land owners for the sale of their 32 hectares, but they had not been paid.

After an Ejido meeting with Fonatur, it was reported that the government paid an Ejido Commissioner just over 6.4 million peso that was supposed to be distributed between the 473 Palmar Ejido members.