My Mayan train ticket

Last April, we wrote in this space that the Maya Train will be green… military because a large caravan of military engineers, soldiers and a huge team went to the Yucatan Peninsula to form one of the flagship projects of this government.

The convoy of 36 vehicles, 34 tractors, 12 heavy equipment, 6 dump trucks, 9 mobile offices and 2 escort trucks transported 75 engineers of various specialties. A command center was established in Tulum, which distributed the camps to different operational zones.

Last weekend, as part of his Fifth Government Report, Andrés Manuel López Obrador and most of his cabinet carried out the first test run of the Maya train, one of the dreams of a Tabasco man.

Aside from the controversy over the 8 hours it took to complete a section of the route that normally lasts 2 hours, or the fact that the convoy had to stop for checks, the truth is that it was the perfect excuse to do what we did. Within a few months, the Minister of National Defense (Sedena) will be the builder and operator of 100% of the work, which will become part of a military-controlled mega-company.

This organization, represented and established as a state majority company, was transferred to the army through a concession right granted by the Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT), where Sedena is the majority shareholder with 99 shares, while Banco del Ejército has only one share. The company operates in accordance with the General Companies Act and the Federal Parastatal Enterprises Act.

In addition to the Maya train, López Obrador said the company will be responsible for AIFA and Tulum, Palenque and Chetumal airports, as well as the Maya train, and three-quarters of its profits will be used to finance pensions. and retirement of military personnel.

During a recent visit to various sections of the train, officials were already handing out tickets stating that the first full trip of the Maya train would take place on November 16 at 9:00 am.

Now, without Javier May at the head of Fonatur, the cost of the work is 400 billion pesos, 74% more than originally estimated by the government in its cost-benefit analysis of the project.

Recall that on August 31, the Ministry of Public Functions (SPF) published a decree that sets guidelines for Fonatur to deliver the train of the company of the same name that oversees Sedena no later than December 31 next year.

Fonatur, Fonatur Tren Maya and Tren Maya, as well as agencies and organizations that are directly or indirectly involved in the construction, implementation, operation and operation of the Tren Maya project, will appoint in writing persons responsible for coordinating and monitoring project. train until its conclusion, which will be brought to the attention of each of the parties within five working days after the publication of this decision,” the decision says.

According to the Ministry of Tourism, according to the results of the first half of 2023, the following progress was recorded by sections:

Plot 1 (Palenque-Escarcega) with 77% advance payment
Plot 2 (Escarcega-Calcini) with 79% progress.
Plot 3 (Chalkini-Isamal) with an advance payment of 76%
Plot 4 (Isamal-Cancun) with 70% advance payment

Sections 5, 6, and 7 remain a mystery as they are in the hands of the military and, under the pretense of being a national security issue, there is no access to official information on progress or deforestation, deforestation, roads, environmental impact, and many more and so on.

Today we are looking at a refinery that does not refining, an airport that has more spectators than users, and now we are looking at a mega-work that intends to start and finish its route in Palenque, very close to La Chingada, a ranch. where López Obrador has confirmed several times that this will be where he will go after leaving office, and where, coincidentally, over 112 million pesos has been invested in an urban beautification plan, restoring green spaces, bike paths, baseball fields and mixed-use spaces. Everything is very random.

In the meantime, we will continue to wait to use the Maya train ticket.

Source: Aristegui Noticias