At the beginning of November, President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) announced that between December and January of next year a consultation will be held to find out if people want the Mayan Train to be built, one of the 25 priority projects of the new Government which aims to improve tourism and boost the economy and employment in the southern states of Campeche, Chiapas, Quintana Roo, Tabasco and Yucatan.
It should be remembered that, last month, AMLO accused the opponents of this megaproject of being “conservative”, assuring that there will be no expropriations and that its construction will not cause major environmental impacts since the right of way already exists.
Potentially affected communities and civil organizations have questioned the lack of consultation, the environmental impacts and the fact that the work will benefit the large hotel and tourist chains more than anything else.
A few days ago, Lopez Obrador also explained that the Mexican Constitution will be reformed so that referenda can be held outside the currently stipulated dates and expand the cases in which they are allowed: “Article 35 of the Constitution will be modified to that there are no locks and citizens can request consultation and that things be facilitated, and not be afraid of democracy.”
On November 12th, AMLO will meet with the governors of the states involved in the evaluation of the progress of the megaproject.
For more information in Spanish:
AMLO anuncia consulta para la construcción del Tren Maya entre diciembre y enero (Sin Embargo, 5 de noviembre de 2018)
López Obrador confirma que habrá consulta ciudadana sobre el Tren Maya (Adn Político, 5 de noviembre de 2018)
Prevén para enero la consulta para el Tren Maya; la primera etapa costaría 6 mil mdp (Animal, 8 de noviembre de 2018)
AMLO revisará con gobernadores avance de Tren Maya (Político MX, 9 de noviembre de 2018)
For more information from SIPAZ:
National: Mexico International Airport in Texcoco is canceled after consultation
(November 3rd, 2018)