President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador assured that the company’s delivery of the Maya trend for the Minister of Defense (Sedena) would take place. The first test drive with passengers then took place.
Likewise, he announced that he has already signed the decree that sets the guidelines for the transfer of the National Fund for Tourism Promotion (Fonatur) project to the army.
During his morning press conference in the national palace, the President welcomed the completion of construction of the first sections and supported the implementation of the project.
“The Maya pull means the opportunity for growth in the Southeast through tourism,” he explained.The President justified this Armed Forces Administer a Public Work like the Maya Platoon amidst the growing power he has bestowed on them during his tenure, including the duties of public safety, construction work, airport management, and Customs Service.
He argued that the work was handed over to the army because it was built with public funds, so it was “the work of the nation.”
“All Mexicans must leave it to the defense minister to take care of it, to manage it well, and to show honesty,” he said.
López Obrador argued that this delivery was made to protect the investment and avoid the “temptation” to turn the project over to individuals.
“How can we guarantee that there is good and honest administration, that there is no waste, and that they don’t want to deliver the Mayan train to individuals in the future? We have to leave it to a reputable, accountable body that represents the nation that represents Mexico, in this case the Department of Defense,” he noted.
AMLO also announced that General Oscar David Lozano Eagle He will officially be the general manager of the majority state-owned company, Tren Maya. The military was also responsible for the construction work during construction.
Aside from that, Javier May, The director general of Fonatur, the public body previously responsible for the project, will resign to seek the ruler’s candidacy for the governorship of Tabasco, Lopez Obrador’s home state.
With an investment of between 15 and 20 billion dollars, the Mayan train is an iconic work by López Obrador for the five south-eastern states of the country: Campeche, Chiapas, Quintana Roo, Tabasco, and Yucatan.
Maite Ramos Gómez, director of Alstom Mexico, announced that the first test drive with passengers of the Maya train over more than 1,000 kilometers was carried out at the weekend.