Costa Maya, Q.R. — More 2.3 million square meters of land has been expropriated in Costa Maya for the upcoming Maya Train project. On December 6, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador published a new public utility decree for the immediate occupation of 2.3 million square meters of land in southern Quintana Roo.
The land corresponds to 151 properties privately owned in the municipalities of Tulum, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Othón P. Blanco and Bacalar, the recently published decree details.
He declared the lands under Article 27 of the Political Constitution of the United Mexican States which establishes that “the property of the lands and waters included within the limits of the national territory, corresponds originally to the Nation, which has had and has the right to transmit the domain of them to individuals, constituting private property ” and that ” expropriations may only be made for reasons of public utility and through compensation ” ; while Article 28 of the Constitution, in its fourth paragraph, expressly states that “… railways are priority areas for national development in the terms of article 25 of this Constitution; the State, when exercising its stewardship in them, will protect the security and sovereignty of the Nation.”
According to the December 6 decree, “declaring it to be of public utility and ordering the temporary occupation of 2,369,977.862 m² corresponding to 151 properties privately owned in the municipalities of Tulum, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Othón P. Blanco and Bacalar, in the state of Quintana Roo.
The expropriation of land in the Costa Maya corresponds to sections 6 and 7 of the AMLO Maya Train project. The decree was signed off by the Secretary of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development, Román Guillermo Meyer Falcón.