Mérida, Yucatán — Underground power lines are nothing new here, but starting this year, they are a must.
Any new subdivisions, including ones with subsidized housing, must run their power lines under the street to prevent outages during storms or other calamities.
Under the agreement, the CFE electric utility will be in charge of future projects, said Luis Castillo Campos, president of the Mexican Chamber of the Construction Industry.
It is actually cheaper to run power lines underground than on poles, so builders and developers benefit as well.
Castillo Campos said that CFE’s union members will be trained so that they can carry out the work quickly and keep all the work in-house.
Power lines criss-cross the Centro’s oldest neighborhood, except in La Ermita, where cables were buried years ago.
With information from Sipse