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Cancun, QR. The president of the Caribbean Business Coordinating Council (CCE), Iván Ferrat Mancera, announced that they are analyzing together with the Quintana Roo Bar Association the process of expropriation of land in three municipalities of the state, announced last Monday by the federal government. .

He assured that so far there is no transparency not only in the expropriation measure, but also in the different changes of outline and even in the modifications that have occurred in the National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (Fonatur), which is the agency in charge of the project.

“This expropriation obviously goes the way of negotiating faster the acquisition of land for the new rights of way for the Mayan Train. It is going to be very important that the conditions of the expropriation are fair, that the College of Appraisers can intervene so that a fair and real price for these lands is determined; if not, there are legal instruments such as protection, that is why we are seeing that there is clarity on how much they are going to pay”, explained the business leader.

“The request from the business sector has always been to add and how to make this project really successful and for the benefit of all. We know that the train has had many delays, we know that there have been many changes, whenever it has been exposed how the lines are going, there are always other changes and there is no clarity in this and of course, that this worries us businessmen “, he added.

The president of the Cancun, Puerto Morelos and Isla Mujeres Hotel Association, Roberto Cintrón Gómez, considered it unfortunate that the federal government has opted for the expropriation route despite the previous dialogue work carried out with the hoteliers.

“It is unfortunate, because the opinion had already reached some agreements; According to what they tell me, even some colleagues who also have land in the southern part of the state had already reached agreements with Fonatur,” he said.

He considered, however, that the measure could have originated from those landowners who were not located or were not present at the negotiations that began with Fonatur.

“I understand that this decree is for them, however, if any of these owners appears, I am convinced that the federal government is going to sit down with them and they are going to reach a negotiation. Until now, the government had been conciliatory and maybe they are doing this with the intention of showing up the landowners who had not appeared”, explained the hotel manager.


These business reactions come after the Declaration of Public Utility was published in the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF) last Monday, January 17, by which the Secretary of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development (Sedatu), Román Guillermo Meyer Falcón, made official the expropriation of 2.4 million square meters (240 hectares) of private property in the municipalities of Benito Juárez (Cancún), Puerto Morelos and Solidaridad for section 5 north of the Mayan Train.

The document lists the cadastral accounts and the dimensions of each of the 198 privately owned properties that will be expropriated by the federal government, of which 22 are in Benito Juárez, 142 in Solidaridad and 34 in Puerto Morelos.

The declaration also establishes that the owners of the land will have a period of 15 business days from the notification or the second publication in the DOF to express what is convenient for their right and interest and present the evidence to prove their right. .

They anticipate that they will proceed “to the immediate occupation of the properties involved, prior agreement with the owners of the same, in accordance with article 9 Bis section III of the Expropriation Law”.

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