They sue the Government for giving the Mayan Train to Sedena

Victor Fuentes/Reform Agency

Monday, November 21, 2022 | 07:33

Mexico City.- Section 5 of the Mayan Train will not only cost the treasury almost double what was originally planned, now the Government is also facing lawsuits from the construction companies from which it took away the original contracts to give them to the Ministry of National Defense.

Made up of the companies Grupo México and Acciona Infraestructuras, the consortium that was in charge of the works on the original layout has already filed two lawsuits against the federal government for 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 for the new line that runs between 5 and 8 kilometers into the jungle.

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

“The agencies may terminate the contracts early when there are reasons of general interest; there are justified causes that prevent the continuation of the work, and it is demonstrated that continuing with the agreed obligations would cause serious damage or harm to the State,” says the 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 canceled 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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