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With 14 proposals, AMLO says Maya Train project still on schedule

Mexico City, Mexico — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador affirmed that the flow of electrical energy for the Yucatan Peninsula is guaranteed and that the Maya Train project is still firm, which will impact jobs and economic reactivation.

During a message from the National Palace, the president said that these are not times for depression but for fortitude, when announcing his Emerging Economic Reactivation Plan against the coronavirus. He indicated that the CFE will build thermoelectric plants in the Yucatan Peninsula and Baja California and that the Salina Cruz and Coatzacoalcos Itsmo Railroad project will directly employ 7,300 people.

He confirmed that on April 30, the construction of the first section of the Maya Train will be signed and in May, four more sections to accelerate its construction once the Santa Lucia airport is complete.

“This year, in the five sections of the Maya Train, 80,000 jobs will be generated and there will be an economic gain of 35 billion peso in the states of the southeast of the country,” he said.

During his speech, AMLO promised jobs, social support and more investments to face the crisis, adding that if Mexico can overcome corruption, which “has been the most tragic and disastrous of the plagues and calamities of Mexico,” it will also overcome the contingency of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The news comes days after the announcement of 14 proposals for the Maya Train. Last week, el Fondo Nacional de Fomento al Turismo (Fonatur) reported that in accordance with the schedule established for the tender of the construction sections of the Maya Train, 14 technical and economic proposals were received in their central offices.

Fonatur says they continue to work to carry out the Mayan Train project, which they say, is progressing in compliance with the dates of its contracting calendar to start work on April 30 of this year. They say for that Section 1, which goes from Palenque, Chiapas to Escárcega, Campeche, 74,100 jobs will be created.