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Cancun mayor says city looking into legal elements of garbage collection concession

Cancun, Q.R. — Cancun mayor Mara Lezama Espinosa says that her government is reviewing all legal elements to proceed against the garbage service concessionaire, Intelligencia México for its poor performance.

In an interview with Radio Fórmula, she acknowledged that it is not easy to sanction or remove the concession, adding that she is against paying compensation for poor service.

“Given that the contract with Intelligencia México has many security details, it is necessary to analyze it to find the right way to avoid leaving Cancun with a major problem,” she said.

She also emphasized that this is an inherited problem, however, instead of placing blame, her government seeks to solve the problem that the city suffers, one, she noted, that was exacerbated by the impact of Hurricane Delta.

She explained that for years in Cancun there was a habit of leaving unresolved disputes, which were later paid for by citizens in lost lawsuits by the municipalities.

“I know, because in this administration, 150 million peso of lost lawsuits by past administrations have been paid,” she said.

She made it clear that her administration did not deliver any concessions and reiterated that it is dedicated to resolving the situation through legal channels, including advice by a legal team from Mexico City.

Residents continue to deal with mounds of garbage along some Cancun streets

Lezama Espinosa insists that she will not allow the people’s money to be used to pay compensation to a company that has proven to be inefficient. “Today’s business is to intervene in the company and see what happens in terms of how the concession is, how the contract is and who signed it,” she reiterated.

The municipal president indicated that a responsibility is pending to those who originally caused this problem. To do so, it will be proposed to the Cabildo and, once approved, the request will be sent to Congress.

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