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Ejido landholders say no deal for Maya Train project

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Victoria Santos Jiménez, director of the Organization of Forest of the Maya Zone of Felipe Carrillo Puerto, confirmed that they will not give up their land for the Maya Train project.

The announcement was made by area ejidatarios and ratified on the eve of a recent visit by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Already this month, the Ejido Laguna Om in the southern zone, also rejected the possibility of reaching an agreement with the federal government on the land needed for the passage of the Maya Train unless, they say, they are paid compensation pending for the extension from the federal Chetumal-Escárcega highway.

A similar decision was announced by the Ejido of Bacalar, which rejected any negotiation unless they are guaranteed economic benefits if they hand over their land.

Since April of this year, Clemente Poot Varela, president of the Ejido Commissariat in Felipe Carrillo Puerto, announced that the assembly decided not to allow work of the Maya Train on their land if they were not covered by fair compensation for the land occupied along the Chetumal-Felipe Carrillo-Puerto-Tulum highway, for which they received only 11 million of 116 million peso.

Santos Jiménez said that on the subject of the Maya Train, the federal government has only been “stirring atole with his finger” to those who wanted to hear it, but there is no clarity on the project.