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Judge orders halt to clearing of land along entire section 5

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — A federal court in Merida has ordered the complete halt to the felling of trees and clearing of forest along Section 5 of the Maya Train. The new judicial ruling applies to the entire line.

Section 5 has been divided into two parts, north and south and are to be built by two different companies. However, courts in Merida have ordered the stop of all work along the entire Cancun to Tulum section.

By two votes to one, the First Collegiate Court on Tuesday granted a provisional suspension in favor of Selvame del Tren, which has been litigating against the project for nearly a year.

The provisional suspension will be in force at least until February 2, when Judge Adrián Zepeda Novelo will hold the incidental Amparo hearing to decide whether or not to grant a definitive suspension.

The ruling was made due to a lack of change-of-land-use permits which the court says, differs from an authorized Environmental Impact Statement (MIA), which Section 5 already has.