Cancun, Q.R. – The proposal to create a water taxi service on Cancun’s Nichupte Lagoon has been vetoed by a local association, at least for the time being.
At a recent National Tourism Forum, Save the Tajamar Manglar Association managed to successfully block the idea, saying that to put a maritime transportation system into operation means destroying at least two hectares of mangrove as well as breaching the natural habitat of two species of crocodiles in the lagoon.
The idea of a water taxi service for the lagoon was proposed by local shipping businessman Germán Orozco, who said that the project would include a terminal at Malecon Tajamar which would include filling in an area of about 2 hectares of mangrove.
Activists have pointed out that adding more infrastructure will only continue to destroy the already damaged Nihupte Lagoon System by continuing to damage the flora and fauna as well as pollute the 23 natural springs that exist in the lagoon; spring waters that have already been contaminated by city leaks, they say. If the water taxi project was to go ahead, there would be at least three springs directly affected by it.
They also point out that in the state, it has been seen that environmental impact statements are rarely done correctly. Save the Tajamar Manglar Association says they intend to file a preventative complaint with Profepa and Semarnat to monitor the mangrove and the Tajamar ecosystems to ensure the new water taxi project is discarded.