Tulum's Coastal Connector Project stalled by environmental litigation and regulatory hurdles

July 12, 2024
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Tulum's Coastal Connector Project stalled by environmental litigation and regulatory hurdles

Tulum’s Coastal Connector Project stalled by environmental litigation and regulatory hurdles

Discover the legal and environmental issues that hinder the opening of new road connectors in the city center and the coastal area. Learn about the opinions of Carlos Salas Minaya, Director of Sustainable Urban Territorial Development.
Tulum's Coastal Connector Project stalled by environmental litigation and regulatory hurdles

Conflicts between private parties and environmental obstacles have halted the projects to open new road connectors between the city center and the coastal area.

In a brief interview, Carlos Salas Minaya, Director of Sustainable Urban Territorial Development, expressed that while these projects remain blocked by the Ministry of Environment, there is nothing that can be done as they must respect the regulations.

The municipal official emphasized that the current administration’s position is to favor development as it helps to enhance the area and the municipality.

However, the legal situation of some plots of land remains unresolved. “The issue is that the plots of land have not been transferred to the municipality and still belong to the ejido or private ownership,” he pointed out.

The first of nine road connectors was inaugurated in 2021 on Kukulkan Avenue and the coastal area, near the Tábano restaurant, spanning a distance of 4.2 kilometers.

The Dilemma

Tulum's Coastal Connector Project stalled by environmental litigation and regulatory hurdles

The city in question has been facing a dilemma regarding the construction of new road connectors between the city center and the coastal area. The primary issue at hand is the conflict between private parties and environmental obstacles. These issues have resulted in halting any progress in the development of the projects.

Carlos Salas Minaya, the Director of Sustainable Urban Territorial Development, in a brief interview, expressed that the projects are currently blocked by the Ministry of Environment, and as such, the city is required to follow the regulations set in place by the ministry. Despite the administration’s favorable stance on development, the projects remain in a state of stagnation.

The legal situation of some plots of land remains unresolved. As noted by the municipal official, these plots of land have not been transferred to the municipality, and still belong to the ejido or private ownership. This issue further complicates the already complex situation, and without a resolution, progress on the projects remains unlikely.

Tulum's Coastal Connector Project stalled by environmental litigation and regulatory hurdles

There is a silver lining in this otherwise bleak scenario. The completion of the first of nine road connectors in 2021 marks the beginning of progress towards the development of the projects. The road connector spans a distance of 4.2 kilometers and is located on Kukulkan Avenue, near the Tábano restaurant. This achievement serves as a beacon of hope that the issues facing the city will eventually be resolved, and the development of the road connectors will continue.

It is important to note that the development of road connectors plays a vital role in enhancing the area and the municipality as a whole. It would provide an easier and faster mode of transportation between the city center and the coastal area, benefiting both the residents and the visitors to the area. In addition, the completion of the projects would serve as a catalyst for further development in the area, ultimately contributing to the growth of the municipality’s economy.

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