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Rusted gas tanks at Progreso’s Francisco I. Madero market present a danger, vendors were warned. Photo: Punto Medio

Progreso, Yucatán — The Directorate of Civil Protection has asked Francisco I. Madero Market tenants to replace rusted rooftop propane tanks within 15 days.

After an exhaustive review, the City Council through the Directorate of Civil Protection concluded the deteriorated tanks and are unsafe.

Each tenant is free to choose the company or supplier that will do the work, but it is their responsibility to complete the work.

The market vendors could buy one 5,000-liter tank and share the gas, or each merchant can have their own tank, according to Punto Medio.

Under conditions established by the city, the contracted tank company must comply with two security requirements: tanks must be filled when customers are not present, and they must use a hose at least 60 meters long.

Over 200 merchants sell food and clothing at the market. Many have complained for years about overall conditions at the facility, and about competition they receive from street hawkers.

Sources: Punto Medio, Diario de Yucatán

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