Breaks 4T and heads AMLO against Larrea

Antonio Baranda and Claudia Guerrero/Agencia Reforma

Monday, November 21, 2022 | 10:41

Mexico City.- President Andrés Manuel López Obrador reported that he is seeking an agreement with Grupo México, which sued the Government for taking away original contracts for the Mayan Train to give them to the Sedena.

In a conference from the National Palace, the federal President asserted that there was a breach of the contract by the construction company of Germán Larrea.

“There was a breach in the contract for a section in Tulum, I think from Playa del Carmen to Tulum, about 50 kilometers, from Grupo México. Then an agreement was reached that other companies were going to participate, because they were not complying. That was reason, then they were notified that it was urgent for us to finish that section and it was handed over to three companies”.

“There is an agreement with the company, an agreement is going to be sought because they worked and invested and they want an amount for what they did. And the Fonatur technicians maintain that that amount is not what corresponds to them, that is, they are wanting to charge more or Fonatur pay less, as you want to understand,” he said.

This Monday, REFORMA published that, made up of the companies Grupo México and Acciona Infraestructuras, the consortium that was in charge of the works in the original outline already filed two lawsuits against the federal government for the early termination of the contract on July 8.

The consortium handed over the works that it had executed up to July 15 and that same day Fonatur signed an agreement to transfer 30 thousand 455 million pesos to the Sedena, 71 percent more than what was going to be paid to the private construction companies canceled to charge of the southern part of Section 5 between Playa del Carmen and Tulum. The Sedena assumed control of the work and even hired new private construction companies to carry out the work on the new route that runs between 5 and 8 kilometers into the jungle.

“Then, it strikes me that I sent word to Germán Larrea, owner of the Mexico Group, to seek a negotiation, that the military engineers prepared an opinion for us and that if he accepted that opinion, to define how much had to be paid and He sent me to say that he accepted, but oh surprise, today it appears in the REFORM that he is going to sue us and that it is a million-dollar matter”.

– Have you already filed the lawsuit?, he was questioned.

“Yes, yes, but I did not know that he had already sued, so it already became publicity, ah, even in 8 columns! The matter has already become famous, what does it say? (…)”.

The Tabasqueño assured that the Government will pay, but just enough.

“I don’t have the data, I don’t have the data, it’s just going to pay just enough, it’s going to pay just enough because it’s not the time of before, before about eight of those columns, in the case of the Mexico group, well, there was no need for the Reform to make it known, but now it is no longer like that, we have to take care of the budget, which is everyone’s money.”

The plaintiff companies formed a consortium under the name Desarrollo del Sureste Playa del Carmen-Tulum (DSPCT) and won the contract for 17,815 million pesos in February 2021 for the 67-kilometer section that would run along federal highway 307.

At the beginning of 2022, the Government agreed to move the line under pressure from hoteliers.

The first lawsuit of the canceled consortium was filed on September 5 and it challenges the early termination, which Fonatur based on article 60 of the Public Works Law.

On October 26, a new demand from the consortium was notified, this time to question the settlement with which Fonatur intends to terminate the contractual relationship between the parties.

Fonatur offered to pay 37.9 million pesos as a balance in favor of the construction companies.

After the departure of DSPCT, the Government assigned works for Section 5 South to the construction companies ICA, Mota Engil and Azvindi, responsible for other sections of the train.

Until now and with the changes ordered, the North and South parts of Section 5 went from costing 31 billion pesos to 59 thousand 603 million pesos, plus what is added in the event that the canceled companies achieve new compensation.

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