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Government begins expropriation of Costa Maya land for Maya Train after failed talks with Ejidos

Costa Maya, Q.R. — The Federal Government has begun an expropriation of land procedure against an Edjio group who refused their proposal. The refusal of the Juan Sarabia Ejidos for the sale of land for the Maya Train could end in the expropriation of their property.

The Juan Sarabia Ejidos refused the payment proposal made by the Federal Government of Mexico for 120 hectares of southern land needed for the Maya Train. The expropriation procedure has been filed with the Secretariat of Agrarian and Territorial Development and Urbano (Sedatu) under the argument of “cause of public utility.”

Earlier this month, five of the six affected Ejido groups from the south came to an agreement with Fonatur for the sale of their land. The Juan Sarabia Ejidos were offered 140 peso per square meter of land, however, they wanted 250 peso.

Since that meeting, the General Directorate of Rural Property Management and the Directorate of Expropriations, Fonatur Tren Maya SA de CV submitted an expropriation request for 120 hectares of the Juan Sarabia Ejido land based on three paragraphs in Article 27 of the Political Constitution of the United Mexican States, as well as on the causes of public utility provided for in several sections of Articles 93 and 94 of the Agrarian Law.