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Maya Train section 6 environmentally viable Fonatur reports in public meeting

Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Q.R. — The National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism says section 6 of the Maya Train is environmentally viable and complies with national legislation and international treaties.

The document was prepared by the UNAM Engineering Institute at the request of Fonatur. Some possible impacts would be temporary and others can be prevented, mitigated and/or compensated, Fonatur reported.

This is established by the Regional Modality Environmental Impact Statement for the Tulum-Chetumal Section 6 Project (MIA-R), prepared by the UNAM Engineering Institute and which was presented and explained Tuesday at a Public Information Meeting convened by the Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) and carried out in the X-Hazil Ejido, in the municipality of Felipe Carrillo Puerto.

During the exhibition of the MIA-Regional to Ejidatarios, community members and the general population of the municipalities of Tulum, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Bacalar and Othón. P. Blanco included in section 6, explained that the train will run parallel to Federal Highway 307 Cancun-Chetumal and will be 255.5 kilometers long, between the cities of Tulum and Chetumal.

Along this route, stations, stops and complementary works will be installed such as 138 wildlife crossings and 56 vehicular crossings, transversal drainage, five slopes, a maintenance base, garages and workshops.

Section 6 of the Maya Train will connect the main urban centers with the airport infrastructure and the most attractive historical and cultural tourist destinations, achieving regional and state integration with the economic activity of the rest of the country.

The public meeting was held Tuesday in the X-Hazil Ejido, in the municipality of Felipe Carrillo Puerto. Photo: Fonatur

At the meeting, personnel from Fonatur and the UNAM Engineering Institute stressed that the MIA-R provides for programs and actions in the face of possible impacts during the preparation of the site, construction, operation and maintenance of the project, some of which would be temporary and others can be prevented, mitigated and/or compensated.

They highlighted that the Maya Train project complies with the provisions of environmental legislation, its regulations, official Mexican standards and international treaties and conventions on the matter and adheres to good engineering practices.

For the evaluation of the project, the UNAM Engineering Institute established a Regional Environmental System (SAR) of 12,712 square kilometers in which the natural and physical elements of the region were taken into account to identify areas of ecological and functional importance. of the natural environment and its relationship with human activity.

The Regional MIA highlights the Maya Train project as one of the priority actions of the Government of Mexico that seeks to develop a tourism scheme in which visitors visit communities in the region and generate local economic benefits, employment opportunities and distribution of wealth to throughout the peninsula and the state of Quintana Roo.

Among other objectives, it mentions the promotion of the economy, tourism and the quality of life of the local population, the order the urban development of the towns near the route, as well as establish a safe, fast, efficient and less polluting transportation system.