Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The Federal Government says that 500 million peso will be invested in the city of Playa del Carmen to reverse inequalities that have been created due to the area’s success.
During the weekend visit by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Governor Carlos Joaquín González announced the investments that will see the upgrade of infrastructure and construction of new facilities in several residential neighborhoods.
He acknowledged the tourist success of Riviera Maya noting the triggered growth of Playa del Carmen, which in 30 years, went from being a fishing village to a city of almost 250,000 resulting in a tourist destination of great contrasts such as the historic abandonment of the south and southeast.
To equalize some of the living standards, the Secretaría de Desarrollo Agrario, Territorial y Urbano (Sedatu) will initiate the Programa de Mejoramiento Urbano that will see 500 million peso invested into neglected residential areas and public spaces to make Playa del Carmen a more fair, safe and prosperous city.
Román Meyer Falcón, head of Sedatu said that this year, Solidaridad will build and improve parks, community and cultural centers and sports units. He announced that streets will be paved and actions will be implemented to improve housing for the benefit of families who need it most.
“This administration wants to be clear that Playa del Carmen is not just Playacar or Mayacobá. Colonies like the Ejidal, Bellavista, 28 de Julio and Forjadores are also part of Playa del Carmen and are also the heart of Riviera Maya,” he said.
Some of the announced plans include 30 million peso for a sports complex in Luis Donaldo Colosio and another 90 million for the construction of a new child development center and cultural center. The funds will also be used to repair the Community Development Center and Polifórum de Playa del Carmen along with the rehabilitation of 3,000 linear meters of streets with paving, lighting and sidewalks.
In Bellavista, an investment of 80 million peso will see the addition of a new comprehensive rehabilitation center, a park and a market along with the expansion of the Bellavista Community Center and the lighting and paving of 25th and 27th Streets. In July, 11 million peso will be invested to rehabilitate the 28 de Julio Sports Park and the Community Center.
The government also announced the construction of 500 homes for low-income families.
“With a strict sense of justice and social conscience, these resources will go back to the families and colonies that have been forgotten,” he said.
Meyer Falcón stressed that each year, Playa del Carmen receives approximately 4 million tourists. “The challenge we have in Solidaridad is great. From the impulse of Playacar to the urban sprawl of Playa del Carmen, which has not stopped growing, the economic and social benefits of this expansion did not come in the same way to everyone in the city, generating a tourist destination of contrasts.”