Mexico, May 14 (Notimex) .- From October 2018 to date, almost 70 percent of the Maya Train project has been modified, following the recommendations of environmental organizations, assured the head of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of the State of Campeche (Semarnatcam, for its acronym in Spanish), Roberto Iván Alcalá Ferráez.
He considered that this project opens a great opportunity for economic benefits for the states that will connect, which are Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatán, and Quintana Roo.
The local official rejected that the construction of the railroad generates some negative impact on the environment because it will be carried out, mostly, in areas already traced.
At a press conference in the Chamber of Deputies, he commented that the area in which the project will be developed goes through the jungle of Campeche and Quintana Roo, but it is about areas where it is already built, so it just has to be repaired and give it enough space.
"I could tell you that annual forest fires generate a greater impact than what the Mayan train will cause," said Alcalá Ferráez.
However, he advised that there should be no speculation on the lands because there is a risk that big capital will arrive and destroy the region.
"The Mayan Train is a connection opportunity; what opens is a great opportunity for economic benefits that we need to develop and to be able to use the ports of the peninsula, to export the products we have," he stressed.
Currently, Puerto Progreso, Yucatán, and Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, are important ports that must have rail communication, he emphasized.