Cancun, Q.R. — The head of the National Tourism Promotion Fund (Fonatur), Rogelio Jiménez Pons has confirmed that a 60-kilometer section of the Cancun-Tulum Maya Train project will be elevated.
The agency head explained that the original plan had drafted that section as elevated, however, it had been scrapped at the beginning of 2019 due to the high cost it would represent. Now that the military will be constructing the northern section of the train, the possibility has been reinstated.
Pons said with an elevated track, it will affect tourism less, be profitable and cause less damage to the environment and the circulation of vehicles.
“That elevated part will be more expensive, but that section will only be 60 kilometers of 1,500, and it is worth it because it will be profitable and there are resources to do it. It will be a good solution for the region. Besides, they will not have to move all the trees that were originally thought,” he reiterated.
“The army has many engineers. They are demonstrating it with the airport with efficiency, which will be applied in the same capacity in the Maya Train,” he added.
He said that the work would begin with the placement of the pillars, which would take three or four months. A total of 1,000 pillars will be placed, one every 40 or 50 meters.
He stressed that the team in charge of the work is made up of geophysical experts from UADY and UNAM as well as Jaime Urrutia, the scientist who discovered the Chicxulub crater.
“They are the best scientists. A specific study of soil mechanics will be carried out to guarantee that the pillars are firm, the most advanced technologies will be used,” he stressed.