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Jiménez Pons says Maya Train project behind schedule

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Due to bureaucratic processes and geological fault issues, construction of the Maya Train is behind. The director of the National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (Fonatur), Rogelio Jiménez Pons, said for these reasons, the project is about five months behind schedule.

“These procedures have complicated things and given us five months of delays. The bureaucracy of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, the Ministry of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development and the National Water Commission have delayed progress,” he said during a work visit.

Jiménez Pons said that another factor in their delays has been the irregularities in the subsoil. He said that several sections of between three and six meters deep have had to be filled and leveled as a result of climate change.

“It’s incredible to see that in geological ground faults there is a difference of up to six meters between the embankment and the old roads,” said Jiménez Pons.

Adrián Montemayor, Fonatur press manager says he trusts that the bodies responsible for environmental authorizations will give a green light at the beginning of 2022, and thus, start phase 2 of the project with the laying of sleepers and rails.

“Once the right of way has been released, progress will be made in the installation of tracks and sleepers. This would begin in the first quarter of 2022, so that in about a year, that part of the work will be completed,” explained Montemayor.