AMLO Expropriates Land for Mayan Train Project

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has appropriated 269 acres (1.09 million square meters) of land to construct the 1,500-kilometer Mayan Train in the Yucatan Peninsula.

Obrador said the Mayan Train Project, which has been under construction, could benefit tourism, especially in the southeastern states of Mexico.

In May, a federal judge suspended the construction of the Mayan Train Project in response to protests that accused the Mexican government of failing to conduct environmental impact studies. The judge sided with the plaintiffs, citing the imminent danger that could cause irreversible damage to the environment.

On Monday, Obrador said in a press conference that the Mayan Train Project would not affect a cenote or underground water.

“On the contrary, we are planting trees, and we want to take advantage of all the tourist influx that arrives in Cancun,” Obrador said.

Obrador said that the government would fulfill its commitment to expand reserve areas despite the continuation of the project. He noted that the Mayan Train could promote Mexican states’ “natural beauties.”

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