96.8 F
Mérida
Thursday, May 26, 2022
###

600 acres expropriated in Quintana Roo for new Mayan Train route

Latest headlines

New study reveals the stunning cost of corruption in Yucatán

According to a new study by the INEGI, corruption in Yucatán costs the state 9.5 billion pesos a year, the highest in the entire country. 

Yucatán boosts its own unique brand in Europe

Authorities from Yucatán announced a new campaign to promote the state as a destination for European travelers. 

After more than 2 months, why are Mérida’s most iconic monuments still covered in graffiti?

Since the protests held on International Women’s Day back in early March, several of Mérida’s historic monuments remain covered in graffiti. 

Scientists warn some types of sargassum could impact on human health

Large amounts of sargassum are now washing a shore in locations previously relatively untouched by the algae, such as the theme...
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway. Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.
The expropriations come as the government of López Obrador struggles to keep its most ambitious infrastructure project on track. Photo: Courtesy

Mexico has seized 198 lots of land in Quintana Roo along phase 5 of the Mayan Train’s path.

In total, the expropriated land covers an area of 240 hectares or 600 acres located in the municipalities of Puerto Morelos and Solidaridad. 

Though controversial, the move is legal as the prerogative is granted to the federal government by the Mexican constitution — but only when it comes to “matters of national interest.”

Several business leaders in Quintana Roo have denounced the move as political payback for not supporting the president’s Mayan Train project, and say they will be fighting back. 

Others have called out the government for resorting to expropriation without having first held talks with the landowners regarding the possibility of a negotiated sale. 

The land in question is among the most valuable real estate in all of Mexico given its proximity to tourist hubs like Cancún and Playa del Carmen

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has justified the action by arguing that it’s in the best interest of the nation, as the rail network will stimulate the economy and create thousands of jobs. 

Earlier: The new Mayan Train director says the project is 7 months behind schedule

“There is not too much that the landowners can do, the constitution clearly grants the federal government this right, though the circumstances certainly do seem suspect,” said a legal analyst, Jose Luis Pinzón Sosa. 

The move comes after the federal government announced it would be redrawing the Mayan Train’s path in the interest of accelerating construction. 

The Mayan Train has already accumulated at least 27 legal injunctions presented by indigenous and environmental associations. However, the federal government has decided to go forward with construction regardless, in what to legal experts appears to be a clear breach of the law.

The route of the Mayan Train is to span Tabasco, Chiapas, Campeche, Yucatán, and Quintana Roo. 

The Mayan Train was a campaign promise of now President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who was elected in 2018. The project is designed to stimulate tourism in the region and contribute to the economic development of southeastern Mexico.

Construction of the rail network and delivery of the train is due by the end of López Obrador’s term in 2023 — though the feasibility of this deadline has been called into question several times. 

- Advertisement -

Subscribe Now!

More articles

Mérida, but not the Caribbean resorts, named in Airbnb survey

Mérida Yucatán is one of the oldest cities on the American continent and boasts the oldest cathedral on the continent’s mainland....

Yucatán goes from 0 to 78 daily COVID cases in 6 weeks

The Yucatán health ministry reported 78 new COVID infections, the highest number of daily new cases since March.

Pig farm accused of hiding cenotes and filling them in with cement

A pig farm in the municipality of Homún is being accused of filling in and hiding two cenotes from environmental authorities. 

New augmented reality app tells the story of Mérida’s iconic corner plaques

Mérida´s municipal government is launching a new mobile phone application to tell the story of the city’s iconic Centro corner plaques.

Tortas in the Park: Family carries on the tradition for 63 years 

Taqueria Don Beto in Parque Las Américas. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht Strolling through charming Parque de...

Kankí, the Maya city where the stone eyes of ancient gods burn as hot as the sun

Kankí may be only 10 miles or so from the Mérida-Campeche highway, but feels a world away.

La Plancha park project moves forward with a huge budget

Government officials announced an agreement to make the La Plancha land 100% parkland. Photo: Contributed The park that...

Court sets limits for ‘racist’ immigration checkpoints in Mexico

Mexican soldiers review documents at a Zacatecas checkpoint in March. Photo: Pedro Pardo / AFP via Getty Images

You won’t miss the meat or dairy in these recipes from Yucatán

Vegan, vegetarian and plant-based lifestyles are easy to enjoy, despite living in meat-centric Yucatán.  Now that we’ve listed our...

Yucatán COVID patient 1st to die in 49 days

Coronavirus cases rose steadily in a week that ended with Yucatán's first COVID fatality since April 2. A...