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Fonatur still working on southern position of Maya Train route

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (Fonatur) says the agency cannot present a purchase for Ejido land in the south since there is still no exact plan as to where the Maya Train will pass.

“We cannot buy more or less land,” said Rogelio Jiménez Pons, head of the agency who indicated that the studies to determine where the line will pass should be ready in coming months.

For now, Fonatur has permission to enter the land for measurements and soil studies, but says that they cannot present purchase proposals until the studies are completed and a train route, in place.

Without these elements, there is no way to yet determine how much land will be required, or where it will be required since the technical definitions are still underway. He estimated that the studies needed will be ready within a week, and after that, they will follow with negotiations of the purchase of the land in the southern region.

He pointed out that the negotiation for the land purchase is estimated to take about two months, and that the entire process should be concluded by the end of the year.

Bacalar mayor-elect, José Alfredo Contreras Méndez said he has has a meeting with Jiménez Pons to learn about the progress and most relevant aspects of the Maya Train. He says he is in favor of projects that benefit the development of the area, especially those that are triggers for the growth and well-being of its 58 rural communities, stressing that the Maya Train will be of vital importance for the economic and tourist promotion of the municipality.

In AMLO’s recent budget announcement for 2022, he has earmarked an investment amount of 62,942 million peso for the Maya Train project and a proposed 11,031 million peso for the construction of the new Tulum airport.