Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The president of the Business Coordinating Council of Riviera Maya has announced the start of Maya Train rehabilitation work. Lenin Amaro Betancort, head of the Council, said that the National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (Fonatur) has begun making repairs along the federal highway in central Playa del Carmen.
Work is being done to repair the damage caused by the construction generated to date for, what was to be, the Maya Train overpass. After months of expressed concerns, the train route was eventually changed and the central overpass plan canceled.
Betancort said the work began after a meeting with Fonatur head Javier May, where they raised, among other issues, the possibility of improving the city’s image by repairing the damage and replacing the trees that were removed.
“They are already removing it. All the infrastructure and everything that has to do with the machinery. Not only is the area going to be recovered, but it is also going to be improved and reforested,” he said adding that “they have 460 trees in their inventory to replace those that had been removed.”
Lenin Amaro said the most important thing was having the concerns of local businessmen heard, which lead to the change of Maya Train route. He confirmed that it will no longer pass through the center of the city, but will run through the peripheral after technical studies that showed that it was unfeasible to continue on highway 307.
He added that in a month, another meeting will be held with the head of Fonatur to follow up on the rehabilitation project to have the center of Playa del Carmen ready in the shortest possible time.