Enter MIA from section 5 south of the Mayan Train; they see risks of sinking


Cancun, QR. The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources published the Environmental Impact Statement (MINE) of section 5 south of the Mayan Train, which states that “construction work will begin (will begin) once the environmental impact authorizations have been obtained.”

The works of the section in question began months ago and are even provisionally suspended for at least one injunction that will be resolved until the end of May by a judge based in Yucatan, where the resources against section 5 of the Mayan Train have been concentrated.

The MIA specifies that the section has a length of 67,667 kilometers between the towns of Tulum and Playa del Carmen. They add that “the double-track railway line object of the project is suitable for Mixed Traffic (passengers and cargo) with project speeds, a maximum of 160 km/h for passenger trains and a minimum of 100 km/h for freight trains” . The entire document is 6,054 pages.

They add that section 5 south is geographically located in the eastern portion of the Yucatan Peninsula and that the main urban areas that the section runs through correspond to Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras and Tulum.

In the executive summary of the document, pages 54 and 55, table 11 is developed, called Environmental Factor, in which the boxes called “Site Preparation”, “Construction” appear in red, which warn of severe risks of “subsidence”. ” from the preparation and construction of the site, to the operation of the train, in terms of “physiochemical affectation” of the water, in addition to “severe adverse” affectation due to “affectation of individuals of fauna species in some category of risk of the NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010 and slow displacement due to land use change”.

Also in red is the box for “habitat fragmentation due to change in land use and installation of infrastructure”.

Despite the above breakdown, in the conclusions section it is established that “from the evaluation of the environmental impacts that the project will generate on all the components of the geoforms and water factors that make up the Regional Environmental System, it is concluded that in total will generate non-significant environmental impacts.

It is therefore anticipated that the project will be approved shortly.

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