Published On: Thu, Apr 28th, 2022

Yucatan judge orders to suspend the Maya Train’s works on section 5

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The first court of the District of Yucatan granted the provisional suspension of the construction of section five of the Maya Train -with a line from Playa del Carmen to Tulum, Quintana Roo- for not having an authorization in terms of environmental impact.

The construction of the mega-work, promoted by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), was suspended because the judge agreed with a group of environmentalists who filed an injunction. The group of speleologist divers demonstrated a legitimate interest in their claim because they carry out aquatic activities in flooded caves where the Maya Train will pass.

In their complaint against the project, the professional divers stated that they were aware that the original route of section five of the Mayan Train was modified at the last minute. They added that this was the result of a lack of planning, knowledge, precaution, and scientific studies related to the Karstic soil that prevails in the area, as well as the lack of environmental impact studies.

Adrián Fernando Novelo Pérez, First District Judge in the State of Yucatán, determined that the suspension is appropriate to avoid imminent damage to the environment that is difficult or impossible to repair.

“It is appropriate to grant the suspension of any activity that has as its purpose the continuation of the construction of section five, southern sector, of the Maya Train Project,” the judge stated.

The judge added that the suspension is mandatory for federal government agencies, as well as any private company hired by them to carry out construction work on section five, the southern sector, of the Maya Train.

This is just a precautionary measure and in the following hearing the granting of a possible definitive suspension will be resolved, that is, if the judge finds sufficient elements, the work will not be able to resume until the judgment of the injunction trial that will resolve the merits of the matter.

The Secretariat of the Environment of Mexico (Semarnat) recognized, a few weeks ago, that there is no Environmental Impact Statement (MIA) for Section 5 of the Maya Train, which will run from Cancun to Tulum.

The Riviera Maya Times



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