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Fonatur head reports Maya Train sections on schedule

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The general director of the National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (Fonatur), Javier May Rodríguez, says the Maya Train sections are moving forward on schedule.

He reported that the sections are advancing on time and with the support of state and municipal authorities. His report came after a regional work tour. He was on site for the new Centro de Atención a Visitantes (CATVI) being built in Palenque, Chiapas and supervised the new boulevard that when done, will provide access.

He verified the rail welding procedure with the use of specialized electrical machinery, adding that more than 9,000 linear meters of rail have been welded.

In Gregorio Méndez (Pénjamo), municipality of Emiliano Zapata, in Tabasco, he visited the 20 newly built homes for relocated families.

“We are fulfilling the President’s commitment to grant homes with legal certainty to the families that for decades inhabited the right-of-way of the old FIT” (Ferrocarril del Istmo de Tehuantepec),” he said.

Accompanied by representatives of the Lamat Consortium and construction supervision, the General Director of Fonatur also inspected the progress of the Boca del Cerro station, Tenosique, which will be close to the Usumacinta Canyon.

Also in Boca del Cerro, he visited the construction of the new bridge where the Mayan Train will pass, which will be ready in mid-2023, when the wagon tests will begin.

In the municipal seat of Tenosique, he verified the progress of the elevated viaduct, the largest of the entire section 1 which is nearly three kilometers in length, where three segments have been assembled and nine more ready to be placed.

May Rodríguez also toured the 51 houses that are being built in coordination with the National Housing Commission (Conavi) for relocated families from Tenosique.

“The commitment is that at the end of December the families will be able to live in them,” he said.

May Rodriguez also inspected section 2, Escárcega-Calkiní, accompanied by representatives of the Carso consortium with whom he visited the construction of the Edzná station, which will be delivered next July.

He also verified building progress near the communities of Tixmucuy, Hool and Edzná, where foundation work for an administrative building is about to begin. May Rodríguez says that the Maya Train will be ready by December 2023, despite the legal, social and environmental obstacles it faces.