Mayan Train in Yucatán and Campeche forces eviction of homeowners


Villagers who live near or on the train pass will have to be relocated.

The construction of the Mayan Train is already progressing, especially in Campeche and Yucatán, where existing roads are being used for these works. However, some residents of these states have been affected because their homes were settled in places where the railroad will pass

Federal authorities have specified that most of the train line passes through the existing tracks, railways, highways, or electricity transmission lines

In this sense, the authorities have specified that previous projects were built without carrying out the procedures for “rights of way” and the corresponding payments. This implies that these sites are currently occupied for the construction of the megaproject

Authorities involved in the development of the Mayan Train have specified that they will act under the law in cases in which they have to occupy any property for the construction of railways.

“In those cases in which a property has to be occupied for the construction of a road, it will act following the law, guaranteeing payment for the land that is occupied”, they point out on the official site of the Mayan Train

As for the settlements that are near or on the rails, the federal government has ensured that the relocation of those inhabitants who live in these places will be done with all possible guarantees.

“For all the people who must be resettled, relocation alternatives will be sought by the law, with full respect for human rights and with the offer of adequate spaces for their full development. They will seek to improve their quality of life and they will be given certainty in the possession of their property ”, they indicate.

In the municipality of Chocholá, Yucatán, around 100 homes would be affected by the construction of the Mayan Train, which will reach speeds of up to 160 kilometers per hour, which implies a high risk for the inhabitants.

Another 40 homes in the Citilcum village in Izamal, would also have to be relocated, which has generated uncertainty among the residents.

In Campeche, the National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (Fonatur) indicated that it is contemplating building a housing complex to relocate those who have properties on the Mayan Train “rights of way”.

“In the case of San Francisco de Campeche, the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat) will accompany us throughout the relocation process with technical advice and attention to the community,” the authorities point out.


The Yucatan Post