Court order halts deforestation and new Tren Maya construction

Construction workers help to guide traffic near Izamal as heavy machinery sits idly by due to a court order. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Construction workers help to guide traffic near Izamal as heavy machinery sits idly by due to a court order. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

Last week a judge in Yucatán issued a ruling which halted any new construction of the Tren Maya project.

The ruling only barrs construction requiring further deforestation in the municipalities of Mérida, Chocholá and Izamal. Elsewhere, such as across state lines in Quintana Roo, large crews and heavy machinery continue to work without hindrance.

The decision came after a legal challenge  was brought to the courts by indigenous groups.

Legal complaints allege the project would cause unacceptable levels of environmental damage. 

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Mexico’s tourism authority has said that the suspension of the Tren Maya is bound to hurt the economy. 

Federal authorities report that the Tren Maya rail project has already created 36,859 construction jobs. 

According to a poll conducted by Mexico’s fund for tourism development, over 80% of those surveyed say they approve of the Tren Maya passing through Mérida.

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.