They would also take charge of new airports, he says
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The federal government will seek that the Armed Forces are placed in charge of a State company that will have the objective of heading up the administration and operation of three sections of the Maya Train, of the airports in Chetumal, Palenque and Tulum (soon to start its construction), as well as the Felipe Angeles international air terminal, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced yesterday.
From the Tulum archaeological zone, where he and the governors of the region signed the agreement for territorial and urban planning within the framework of the development of work on the Maya Train, the president explained that the objective for the creation of said State company is to protect this work “so that there is no temptation to privatize it,” and further explained that the utilities will be used to finance the pensions and retirements of members of the Army and Navy.
“We will have to define the administration and operation of the train with time. We are thinking about from Tulum to Palenque, which are three sections of the train, plus the airports of Tulum, Chetumal and Palenque, as well as the Felipe Angeles air terminal of Mexico City will be managed by a company that depends on the armed forced in order to achieve good administration of the train and the airports, that it be self-sufficient and that the profits are destined to strengthen finances for their pensioners and retirees,” he indicated.
To guaranty security
Another of the objectives of the projects being administered by the Army and Navy, he added, is: “that we must guaranty security in the region; here we have to be careful that we don’t have any problem of insecurity so that everyone who visits this region is guaranteed that they will be safe.”
In front of the governors of Quintana Roo, Carlos Joaquín González; Yucatán, Mauricio Vila Dosal; of Chiapas, Rutilio Escandón; Tabasco, Adán Augusto López, and Campeche, Carlos Miguel Aysa González, who signed the agreement for territorial and urban planning in the region together with the representative of UN-Habitat Mexico, Eduardo López Moreno, as an honorary witness, the head of the federal Executive explained that all the works in the area represent a joint investment of 200 billion pesos.
The budget includes, in addition to the Maya Train, infrastructure actions for electric and gas energy, remodeling of maritime ports, the Tulum airport, highways and social development for the region.
Recalling that the first phase of vaccination against Covid-19 will begin this month, he pointed out that the advance of this process seeks, in addition to addressing the health issue, the recovery of the tourist influx to levels prior to the pandemic.
Meanwhile, he emphasized, “jobs are generated with this work; it’s as if hotels and infrastructure of another type were being constructed on sections of the Maya Train. A lot of work is taking place and there are going to be even more job opportunities.”
For their part, the five governors of the states through which the Maya Train will pass expressed their willingness to work in a coordinated way on the projects that are profiled as the economic detonator that the Mexican southeast requires.
Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada
Monday, December 21, 2020
Re-Published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee