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Expropriation of land for southern section of Maya Train possible

Chetumal, Q.R. — An expropriation of land is a possibility in the far south. The possibility of a government land seizure is on the table after five Ejido groups demanded compensation for the Chetumal highway and Maya Train use.

Raúl Villanueva, President of the Employers’ Confederation of the Mexican Republic (Coparmex) in Chetumal, says the Ejido conflict over the Maya Train right of way in that runs between Tulum and Bacalar only requires management skills.

“The president has good political operators and we think that he can solve it. It is only a matter of good management with all these Ejido people,” he said.

The head of the Confederación Patronal de la República Mexicana (Coparmex) said it is important to make the Ejiods see the benefits that the Maya Train will bring, mainly in terms of connectivity.

“I think there are elements to sit at the table and make these people see how important the project is,” he said. He also said that regardless of what they demand, there is room within the Constitution for the government to acquire that land without issues.

“At the end of the day, nobody wants nationalization or expropriation or that kind of thing, but that option is available,” he said.