Grupo México gave AMLO a setback; construction contract for Section 5 of the Maya Train did not cease due to non-compliance

Mayan train.  (File, Archive)
Mayan train. (File, Archive)

After the president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), pointed out in his morning conference on Monday, November 21 that Grupo México did not comply with the construction of a section of the mayan trainthe company denied through a statement that they have breached the contract and assured that the truth is another.

This occurs in response to the statement by the federal president, who said he was taken by surprise by the lawsuit from Grupo Méxicowhere it is sought to determine the amount to be paid for revoke documents early.

“I did not know that he had already sued, so he already became advertising (…) I do not know now what led him to associate himself to mount the campaign against us (…) It surprises me,” accused the President from the National Palace .

He added that the recession of the contract to Grupo México derived from a non-compliance in Tranche 5and now they wanted to be paid an amount for what they worked and invested, as well as for what “the technicians of the National Fund for Tourism Promotion (Fonatur)” did.

AMLO in the morning conference (Screenshot)
AMLO in the morning conference (Screenshot)

“They worked and invested and they want an amount for what they did and the Fonatur technicians maintain that this is not the amount that corresponds to them. I mean they want to charge more or Fonatur pay less”, he accused.

However, Grupo México later published a statement clarifying that they did not breach and that the contract was terminated due to technical complications in the said section.

“The early termination was due to the technical impossibility to carry out the project in 11 months and deliver it in July 2023. A breach derived from new requested delivery dates was avoided. The seriousness and professionalism of the consortium led him to decline before the complexity and haste imposed at the end of the project,” he said.


Likewise, he indicated that he has followed the procedure to terminate the contract, complying with the requirements established by the Fonatur National Fund.

“The consortium did not commit any breach during the term of the contract. All actions aimed at closing the contract have been part of a legal and administrative procedure established based on the requirements of phonaturin a framework of dialogue and good faith,” the company said.

“The consortium has accepted the Government’s proposal that the settlement derives from the analysis and conciliation that take place with military engineers. Grupo México maintains its absolute conviction that the settlement must be transparentattached to the facts and the law”, he added.

According to what President López Obrador reported in the morning, the section where the construction was not carried out goes from Playa del Carmen to Tulum and would be approximately 50 kilometers.

The president argued that the disqualification of the contract to Grupo México derived from a breach in the section mentioned. Reason for which the intervention of the companies Mota-Engil, ICA and Indi.

“They were notified that we needed that stretch and it was delivered to three companies (…) It matters a lot to us because there we had all the protections, “he declared.

In the past, several injunctions were announced that ensured that in Section 5 of the Mayan Train the construction is dangerous due to the characteristics of the soil in the area.


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