Cancun, Q.R. — During his Monday morning press conference, president Andrés Manuel López Obrador acknowledged that Cancun, and the state of Quintana Roo in general, have given the country a lot in terms of tourism.
Given this contribution, it is now fair that the Federation repay Quintana Roo with projects, which he explained, is the reason for the mega-projects set for the state. He began by acknowledging the remodeling of Luis Donaldo Colosio Boulevard, the main artery to enter the city of Cancun.
He also touched on the construction of the Nichupté Lagoon bridge as well as the construction of the Parque del Jaguar in Tulum.
He said the projects are being carried out with the endorsement and collaboration of the state government. “Yes, we are going to improve the Colosio, which is the main arrival and is in very bad condition, totally destroyed. We have already made the commitment to remake it with hydraulic concrete.”
López Obrador specified that they will take care of the rehabilitation of the drainage and drinking water system, as well as build a bridge over the Nichupté Lagoon to solve the bottleneck traffic problem in the Hotel Zone. He said between the two projects, the investment will be around 10 billion peso.
“Cancun has given a lot to Mexico, to the southeast. In the most difficult moments when there was no work in the southeast, the only place where people had opportunities to work was in Cancun due to tourism growth rates that were maintained in Cancun and Riviera Maya.
“Many people from Oaxaca, Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche and other states went to look for a life there,” he stressed.
He explained that at present, the work is set for Riviera Maya and Tulum, but that Cancun also needs attention in the way of road infrastructure, which is reason for the remodeling of the main Boulevard.
Next week, AMLO said he will sign the agreements that will see the remodeling of the main Cancun Boulevard started as well as work for the Nichupté Lagoon Bridge.
The money, he says, will come from the federal government with contributions in the form of land donation from the state government. With this, he says the projects can be carried out.
AMLO also announced that the Quintana Roo government will provide land in Tulum, which will be adapted to the plan for land use and protection of archaeological zones. The result will be an extended recreational space of more than 300 hectares that will be called El Parque del Jaguar.
“Next to it will be a navy airport and next to that, the state government also has land. So we are going to turn all that area into a park of culture, recreation and ecology. No construction will be allowed. It is so that people can have their park.
“It will be like 300 hectares more than what the archaeological zone is now. In addition to this park, we are going to have another in Calkiní with more than 2,000 hectares,” he said.