The Military Engineers of the Secretariat for National Defense (SEDENA) will not only build three of the seven sections of the Maya Train, one of the three great works of the government of President Andrs Manuel López Obrador, but they will be responsible for all the work and they too will manage it for their own benefit.
The proceeds from the Maya Train Project, which connects the main tourist attractions on the Yucatan Peninsula (starting with Cancun) and part of the Gulf of Mexico, will go entirely to SEDENA.
The National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (FONATUR) estimates these profits will be in the order of 352,000 600 million pesos (14,000 million 387,000 115 euros), with the Maya train being at full capacity on its nearly 1,500 kilometer route due to the States of Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatn and Quintana Roo in the Mexican southeast.
The cost of building the train was calculated by FONATUR at 112,000 200 million pesos (4,000 578 million euros), and to that figure is added 33,000 800 million pesos (1,379 million euros) for the running costs and maintenance of the train work in the first work Years of operation.
The revelation of this unexpected turn in the current government’s development strategy was precisely made by Rogelio Jimnez Pons, General Manager of FONATUR, in an interview with a Mexican newspaper specializing in economics and finance.
The Maya train is one of the three great works that the President of Mexico projected together with Felipe ngeles International Airport (AIFA), which is being built near the number 1 military air base (BAM-1) and the Dos refinery, Bocas , which was built in the state of Tabasco, where President López Obrador is from.
The director of FONATUR states that the profits from the operation of the Maya train are entirely intended for SEDENA and points out that these resources do not go into the coffers of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), but directly into the Finances flow to the Mexican Army and Air Force.
Jimnez Pons added in an interview with El Financiero newspaper that it is perfect that it is an award for the armed forces. If we have a long-term nationalist vision of the heritage that this is a business but the state, we will try to make this a business for the benefit of most Mexicans, what could be nicer than the army taking care of this business, guaranteed us many things and in particular that it will not be privatized.
Pons stated that the Maya train has a national safety factor as there are conflict zones in the southeast of the country where cartels, groups of people trafficked, and the illegal sale of cattle, so military involvement would reduce the impact of these activities affect the project.
The moment you have an institution with certain values, with certain discipline, with rigor and the knowledge that it will never be privatized because it came from the army, you create a solid institution that can see the long term project. And we’re already seeing marketing apart, he added.
The area where the Mayan train is being built is in areas where drug traffickers land planes laden with cocaine, guns, and money. It is also an area with a strong presence and ongoing skirmishes from drug cartels such as the Zetas, the Gulf Cartel, and the Jalisco Nueva Generacin Cartel (CJNG).
The Mayan train route runs through border points with Belize and Guatemala, which are characterized by undocumented migration from Central, South America and other Caribbean countries. In Chiapas, one of the states in which the train travels, the guerrilla presence of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN, January 1994) and in Oaxaca, a neighboring state, the People’s Revolutionary Army (EPR, 1996). (Jorge Alejandro Medelln)
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