A Federal court revoked the provisional suspension of the works of the Maya train, one of the most important infrastructure projects of the administration of Andrés Manuel López ObradorTherefore, the company in charge of said section will be able to continue with the work in the state of Chiapas.
It was the Collegiate Administrative Court of the Twentieth Circuit that declared the complaint of the National Tourism Fund founded (Fonatur), and rejected the position of the Second Court of the Amparo District and Federal Criminal Trials of said entity, which had temporarily suspended works citing health concerns.
And it is that, at the beginning of May, said Court proceeded to the provisional interruption of the works of the Maya Train in Palenque, Ocosingo and Salto del AguaBecause the communities of these places took refuge before a judge so as not to continue with the works and thus avoid putting their health at risk through a possible contagion of the new coronavirus.
The initiative to stop the works had its origin on May 7, when various people from the Maya Ch’ol community settled in these municipalities presented a application for protection in against the president, of the federal secretary of health and of the general director of the National Fund for Tourism Promotion (Fonatur) because of the continuation of the project.
They considered that it was necessary to give a “Preponderant value to the right to health” of the dissatisfied communities and the works require the “deployment of various activities that a large group of people and consequently they will require various services essential and nonessential in the community, which will lead to an increase in activities in their public areas ”.
However, in its resolution, cited by local media, the Collegiate Court noted that “It is unquestionable” that the provisional suspension should be denied and the companies responsible for the construction of the project should continue, since the government defined these works among the essential activities that can be carried out during the pandemic.
They also assured that there is no "imminent risk" of COVID-19 infections, since they contemplate using 95% of the existing railroads in said demarcations, among other details.
However, this is not the end of the legal dispute between Fonatur and the non-conformists. The court of origin must still rule on the definitive suspension in the coming days. They are expected to issue their decision on Friday, which could stop the work of the Maya Train indefinitely or agree with the Collegiate Court.
In April, an Agreement was published in which the activities considered essential to continue their activities were specified during the coronavirus pandemic, but under the necessary measures. Among them are the oil port in Dos Bocas, the Maya Train, the Felipe Ángeles Airport in Santa Lucía and the Transismic Corridor, the four flagship projects of López Obrador.
However, even the National Commission of Human Rights (CNDH) issued a series of precautionary measures in favor of the indigenous peoples that inhabit the Yucatan peninsula so that the Fonatur suspend non-essential activities related to the so-called megaproject Maya train.
This warrant is the result of the collective request of Mayan communities that inhabit the areas where the train tracks will be installed, given the strategy of economic reactivation proposed by the federal government in which the construction industry is considered essential, places that have remained isolated are put at sanitary risk to avoid COVID-19 infections.
The Section 1 of the Maya Train Project, in which he was the winner the Mota-Engil México SAPI de C.V. in agreement with the CCCC, Grupo Cosh S.A. de C.V. Eyasa S. de R.L de C.V y Gavil Ingeniería S.A., will travel from Palenque, Chiapas to Escárcega, Campeche.
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