April 6, 2024
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Tren Maya Project to be Delivered in December, Confirms Government

TULUM, Quintana Roo – In a press conference held on Monday, June 19, Engineer Gustavo Ricardo Vallejo Suárez provided an update on the progress of construction for sections 5 North, 6, and 7, as well as the Felipe Carrillo Puerto International Airport in Tulum, Quintana Roo, according to reports from the Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional (Sedena).

Vallejo Suárez revealed some less-than-prominent advancements in the works that are slated for completion within six months. For instance, in Section 5 North, spanning from Cancun to Playa del Carmen, encompassing 43.3 kilometers of double electrified track on both viaducts and embankments, the construction has only reached a meager 20 percent completion.

Regarding Section 6, which consists of 255.8 kilometers of double electrified track on embankments and viaducts, progress has reached a modest 24 percent. Similarly, Section 7, covering a distance of 254.5 kilometers with a single-track railway from Chetumal to Escárcega, stands at 25 percent completion.

Despite these figures, Sedena has committed to completing the construction work on schedule while also ensuring the protection of the environment and the region’s historical and cultural heritage.

Moreover, on June 12, the Federal Official Gazette published a decree through which President López Obrador expropriated 119 hectares of communal land in the municipality of Othón P. Blanco, Quintana Roo, for use in Section 7. A few days prior, the president had also expropriated 14 hectares of land between Calakmul and Escárcega for this part of the project.

Furthermore, in early June, Grupo México announced that it had reached an agreement with the federal government to withdraw from its involvement in the construction of Section 5 South, spanning from Playa del Carmen to Tulum. The contract, valued at 17,815,613,759 pesos, was terminated due to technical difficulties, rendering it impossible to complete the project within the stipulated 11-month timeframe for a July delivery.

Tren Maya Project to be Delivered in December, Confirms Government

Additionally, environmental activists have taken to social media, sharing images from Google Maps that highlight the formation of sinkholes in various sections of the project. They have cautioned that, of course, the train is yet to traverse these areas.

These are just some of the challenges plaguing the construction of the Tren Maya. Despite the hurdles, the project’s inauguration remains on track for December, a deadline that President López Obrador asserted as “immutable” as recently as March.

As the Tren Maya project inches toward its anticipated completion, the federal government faces a multitude of obstacles that threaten to derail its ambitious vision. Challenges encompass incomplete sections, company withdrawals due to technical difficulties, and the occurrence of sinkholes, among others. However, officials from the Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional (Sedena) remain resolute in their commitment to delivering the transformative railway system by the projected December deadline.

During a press conference held on June 19, Engineer Gustavo Ricardo Vallejo Suárez took center stage to provide an update on the progress of construction for sections 5 North, 6, and 7. These sections, along with the construction of the Felipe Carrillo Puerto International Airport in Tulum, Quintana Roo, have become focal points of the project’s development.

Vallejo Suárez shared statistics that shed light on the less-than-stellar advancements achieved thus far. For instance, in the 43.3-kilometer-long Tramo 5 Norte, stretching from Cancun to Playa del Carmen, a mere 20 percent of the double electrified track on viaducts and embankments has been completed. Similarly, Tramo 6, covering 255.8 kilometers with double electrified track on embankments and viaducts, has reached only 24 percent completion. The situation is not much better for Tramo 7, a 254.5-kilometer stretch that will feature a single-track railway from Chetumal to Escárcega, which stands at a 25 percent completion rate.

While these figures may raise concerns, Sedena remains committed to meeting the construction deadlines while ensuring the preservation of both the environment and the area’s rich historical and cultural heritage.

Recent developments have further highlighted the complexities involved in realizing this ambitious project. On June 12, President López Obrador enacted a decree published in the Diario Oficial de la Federación, expropriating 119 hectares of communal land in Othón P. Blanco, Quintana Roo. These expropriations will facilitate the construction of Section 7, which will traverse this area. Additionally, earlier in the month, a 14-hectare expropriation took place between Calakmul and Escárcega, further underscoring the government’s determination to proceed with the project.

Meanwhile, Grupo México, a key player in the development of the Tren Maya, announced its withdrawal from the construction of Section 5 Sur, connecting Playa del Carmen and Tulum. The company cited insurmountable technical challenges that would prevent them from meeting the demanding 11-month deadline set for a July completion. With a contract initially valued at 17,815,613,759 pesos, this withdrawal poses additional hurdles for the project.

Amidst the myriad obstacles, environmental activists have raised concerns over the project’s impact on the region’s delicate ecosystem. These concerns have been amplified on social media, with activists sharing alarming images from Google Maps depicting the formation of sinkholes along various sections of the planned route. These images serve as a reminder that, as of now, the train has not yet passed through these areas.

As the Tren Maya navigates its tumultuous path toward completion, the federal government remains undeterred. Despite the challenges that lie ahead, officials maintain their unwavering commitment to delivering the transformative railway system by the targeted December deadline. President López Obrador’s resolute stance on the matter, expressed as recently as March, underscores his unwavering determination to see this grand vision become a reality.

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