The Mexican government has discovered 2,187 historical monuments in the construction of the first two sections of the Maya Trendsreported this Saturday Rogelio Jimenez Pons, CEO of National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (Fonatur).
“They will add to the historical and cultural heritage of the country, not only none of them is at risk, but their discovery ensures their protection and opens a door to access to knowledge about our heritage,” said the head of Fonatur.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who gave the kick-off flag in June, went on a tour this weekend to supervise the construction of the Mayan Train because he has argued that it should be ready by 2023.
“The Mayan Train will be environmentally responsible because we will install mechanisms to prevent, repair and compensate for impacts on the environment. We will promote a sustainable mobility model that will offset the polluting emissions of vehicles ”, argued Jiménez Pons.
The new historical monuments are added to the 1,773 archaeological sites detected in the area of influence of the work by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).
The railway will pass through 50 archaeological zones open to the public, 10 museums, two zones of historical monuments, five monuments registered as world heritage, 42 cenotes, and other remains such as farms and old stations.
President López Obrador reiterated that the train is key to reactivate the economy after the Covid-19 crisis, which caused a historic annual contraction of 18.7% of GDP in the second quarter of the year and the disappearance of about 1 million formal jobs .
With information from Forbes Mexico Y EFE.