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Clearing begins after MIAs approved for Maya Train sections 6 and 7

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The Environmental Impact Statements for both section 6 and 7 of the Maya Train have been approved. Javier May, the General Director of the National Fund for Tourism Promotion, posted the news on social media.

“The Environmental Impact Statements for sections 6 and 7 have already been authorized, so there is no longer any impediment to the work in the seven sections,” he posted adding “as President López Obrador says, there will be a Maya Train and it will be inaugurated in December 2023.”

The federal official met with the governor of Quintana Roo, Mara Lezama, to exchange details of the project, which in Quintana Roo has three sections. Section five which is divided into North and South and runs from Cancun to Tulum.

There is also section 6 which will see tracks laid from Tulum to Bacalar and 7, which will connect Bacalar to Escárcega, in Campeche.

Regarding the meeting, Governor Lezama reported “we made progress in the details of the Maya Train, establishing excellent coordination with the Mexican government in President López Obrador’s strategy to contribute to the rapid and precise execution of this great project.”

Within days of the news of the approved environmental impact statements (MIAs), work began on clearing the way for roads. In the southern municipality of Felipe Carillo Puerto, heavy machinery began clearing jungle trees to make way for train tracks.

The clearing of forest began along section 6 once the MIA was approved.

A visible cutline has been made near the community of X-Hazil-Sur for the construction of Section 6 of the Maya Train. The line can be seen approximately 200 meters from the Carrillo-Chetumal federal highway junction.