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Environmental expert warns Maya Train could harm ancient caves in Mexico, urges caution in development.

Mexico’s Maya Train Raises Concerns Over Potential Environmental Damage

Environmental Concerns in Playa del Carmen

Mexico’s Maya Train rail project in the Yucatan Peninsula is causing concern among environmental experts about the potential damage to unique ecosystems, including a network of subterranean caves. The 1,554-km (965-mile) rail system in Mexico’s southeast connects the resort town of Cancun, with one section already open for service late last year. The government has announced that the remaining routes of Tren Maya will begin running in February, but experts are skeptical about the timeline.

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Worries Over Unique Ecosystems

Environmentalists have long expressed worries about the train’s construction, which cuts through some of the world’s most unique ecosystems. This includes thousands of subterranean caves carved by water in the region’s soft limestone bedrock over millions of years. Water expert Guillermo D’Christy voiced concerns about the concrete and steel pilings installed in the fragile caves as part of the train’s construction, fearing that the vibrations of the construction machines and trains will damage the roofs of the caves.

Environmental Impact Study and Preventive Measures

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The government’s environmental impact study for this part of the project stated that the risk of collapse was considered in the engineering of the tracks and assured a prevention program. However, D’Christy believes that the ceiling of the caves will gradually become thinner and collapse due to the ongoing construction activities.

In Conclusion

The construction of the Maya Train has raised significant concerns among environmental experts, with fears that it poses a threat to the unique ecosystems, particularly the subterranean caves in the Yucatan Peninsula. While the government has assured preventive measures, the long-term impact of the train’s construction on these delicate ecosystems remains a subject of debate.

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