Mexico launches $7.4bn Tren Maya railway project

Get real time updates directly on you device, subscribe now.

Mexico launches $7.4bn Tren Maya railway project

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images
Image caption A traditional Mayan ceremony was held to launch the four-year project

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has launched the Maya Train – an ambitious project to build a railway through five south-eastern states.

At an indigenous ceremony near the ancient Mayan ruins of Palenque, he said this would help create hundreds of thousands of jobs.

The 1,525km (950-mile) railway will link Palenque and the tourist resort of Cancún on the Caribbean coast.

But opponents warn it could damage the region's important biosphere.

A third of the planned route passes through pristine jungle, and the owners of the land, the Maya people, say they have not been consulted.

But President López Obrador dismissed environmentalists' concerns, promising that "we won't uproot a single tree".

The four-year project is expected to cost up to $7.4bn (£5.9bn).

Get real time updates directly on you device, subscribe now.

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.